Representative Maxine Waters calls for a federal investigation into the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
Waters asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the alleged “Executioners” gang.
The group has been accused of celebrating police shootings by a whistleblower within the station.
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Representative Maxine Waters on Tuesday called on Attorney General Merrick Garland and Deputy Attorney General Kirsten Clarke to conduct a federal investigation into the alleged gang of “executioners” within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
According to the Los Angeles Times and Deputy Whistleblower Austreberto “Art” Gonzalez, the “Executioners” are a group within Compton Station accused of having offensive and apparent tattoos and of celebrating police shootings.
A spokesperson for LASD said the letter consisted of “unproven allegations which it presents as fact”.
The suspected groups were first reported by the Los Angeles Times in 2018, after several MPs at the Compton station testified to having identifying tattoos, including one that had a tattoo of a skull with a rifle and a military helmet, engulfed in flames.
“I ask the DOJ to take two immediate steps: launch an independent investigation into the existence of the ‘executioners’, both at LASD Compton station and within the larger LASD community, and launch an investigation into the models or practices of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for potential civil rights and constitutional violations, ”Waters wrote in the letter.
Members of the suspected “executioners” were also implicated in the police murder of 18-year-old Andres Guardado, according to the testimony of a deputy whistleblower at the Compton station. Guardado was shot five times in the back by LASD deputies in an alleyway following a foot chase. The shooting was ruled a homicide by a Los Angeles County investigation.
“The gang has reportedly set quotas for illegal arrests, threatened and harassed fellow MPs, and held post-shootout parties known as ‘998 parties’, which are in part a celebration that a new MP will be inked by the gang.” , said Rep. Waters, citing Gonzalez’s whistleblower testimony.
“The murder of Andres Guardado is not the only example of the excessive and brutal tactics of LASD in the Los Angeles community. On August 31, 2020, LASD deputies shot dead Dijon Kizzee in south Los Angeles,” he said. added the Waters representative.
The LASD spokesperson rebutted the claim, “In addition, the lethal force cited by Congresswoman Waters has been fully investigated and turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Division. integrity of the judicial system for further investigation and review, as well as oversight by the California Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “
Representative Waters’ letter also called for a broader focus on the “model of the police partnering with militant groups nationwide.”
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