Reporter says some LA gangs consist of neo-Nazi and white supremacist cops

On Twitter, Daily Loud posted a video from an episode of The Breakfast Club radio show.

The caption reads: “American journalist Cerise Castle says there is a gang in Los Angeles made up of police officers. They are identified by a tattoo that changes with the number of kills they get.

According to Reuters, this problem has been going on for decades. In a March article, they reported that “poor, mostly minority communities across the country have complained for decades that some local law enforcement agencies often behave more like racist criminal street gangs than like sworn peace officers, unlawfully terrorizing black and Latino communities.”

Some Twitter users said they weren’t surprised by what Castle said. Racism and widespread corruption in police departments across the country have been the subject of countless articles, books and documentaries.

What did Cherry Castle say?

The reporter referred to photos of “hundreds” of tattoos worn by deputy gang members.

“They are numbered and have different designs,” she said. “As their police career continues and they hurt or kill civilians, you can see in the photos how the tattoo changes.”

“Los Angeles County is actually tracking all cases that mention deputy gangs,” she continued. “They have a spreadsheet of all these cases. They know it is happening, but no significant action or policy change has been made.

In addition to his appearance on The Breakfast Club, Castle has sounded the alarm about this issue even in other interviews and podcasts.

How did Twitter react?

While some users were skeptical after watching The Breakfast Club video, others supported Castle’s statements.

ICreateSh*t wrote, “just for all of you who think she is lying. I’m from Los Angeles and the cops admit these “groups” into the police department.

Biznuz_nunya wrote: “Hasn’t this been known enough to the public for a while?”

34Swavyy added, “NWA TRIED TO TELL NI**AS!!!”

What are the names of some of these deputy gangs?

Reuters reports, “at least 18 of these secret groups have been identified over the years, with gruesome names like the Banditos, Jump Out Boys, Executioners and Grim Reapers, according to a 2021 report from the Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law. and Policy.”

These gangs “create a parallel oversight system, in conflict with the current chain of command, and have an us versus them culture that leads to racial profiling, frequent and excessive use of force, and sometimes death.”

Where do these gangs operate?

Reuters quotes a 1992 study published by the County Board of Supervisors:

“Gangs historically formed in predominantly white police stations in poor, predominantly black and Latino immigrant communities” in Los Angeles.

Unsurprisingly, more affluent areas like Beverly Hills and Malibu “never experienced gangs or deputy cliques.”

Tattoos have violent meanings

According to Reuters, members of these deputy gangs have tattoos that are violent in nature.

“They are tattooed with symbols of violence and death, use hand signals and prison slang, and sometimes trainee ‘tax’ deputies for money or sex – just like many criminal gangs.”

An early 1990s gang, the Vikings, had ties to white supremacy and neo-Nazis.

The FBI knows about these gangs

The FBI warned that people with white supremacist leanings were “infiltrating law enforcement,” in a 2006 intelligence assessment.

Reuters writes that “domestic terrorism investigations of white supremacists have often identified active links to law enforcement.”