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How Sheriffs created the most powerful ‘gangs’ In Los Angeles | Fault Lines

by Beckypublished on 13th May 2022

Los Angeles, in the US state of California, has been plagued with gang violence for decades, and has even been called the “gang capital of America”. But they’re not just on the streets. Reports and lawsuits allege that there are deputy “gangs” within the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Members have unique tattoos identifying which station they belong to and are accused of using excessive force, and glorifying an aggressive form of policing.

Fault Lines investigates the shooting death of 21-year-old Anthony Vargas. His family believes that the sheriffs’ deputies who killed him were prospective members of the Banditos — a gang inside the East LA station, which has one of the highest rates of deputy-involved shootings in the county.

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