LA Sheriff Vows to Discipline Officers in Deputy Gang-Linked Brawl

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Thursday that 26 officers may face discipline for their role in a 2018 brawl linked to the deputy gang Los Banditos, one of many Villanueva has downplayed as a normal element of society but says he’ll shut down only if gangs mistreat or kill members of the public or the department.

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LAPD Faces Lawsuit Over False Gang Reports in State Database

Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department have a history of falsely labeling residents as gang members, decaying community trust in law enforcement and wrecking job prospects for Black and Latino residents fraudulently entered into a state gang database, five residents said in a federal class action lawsuit Monday.

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Twin Peaks Shootout

A federal court in Texas ruled that bikers arrested after a deadly 2015 shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant may continue to pursue Fourth Amendment, conspiracy and bystander liability claims against multiple Waco police officials and certain claims against a county district attorney. The bikers claim they were wrongfully arrested based on a “fill-in-the-name” affidavit.

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Surf Gang

The Ninth Circuit upheld a judgment in favor of the City of Palos Verdes Estates and its former police chief in a suit brought by individuals who claim they were harassed by a territorial surf gang known as the Lunada Bay Boys and the city did not do enough to protect them. The court finds the city took “significant efforts to curb” the surf gang’s actions.

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Gang Member Gets Prison 3 Years After ‘Unspeakable’ Killing

A freshly dug grave was waiting for the 18-year-old man when gang members lured him to a Maryland park nearly three years ago. They choked him until he passed out. They took turns slashing him with machetes and knives until he died. Then they severed his head, ripped out his heart and tossed his dismembered body parts into the grave.

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Report: 138 Salvadorans Killed After Being Deported From US

Advocates with a global human rights organization say at least 138 Salvadorans who were deported from the U.S. since 2013 were killed after returning to their home country, while more than 70 faced sexual violence, beatings, torture or other harm at the hands of gangs and even police.

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