LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- This morning, several Los Angeles County police officers simultaneously filed claims against Los Angeles County, alleging the officers are victims of the Banditos gang whose members are police officers employed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The claims allege that the Sheriff's Department routinely hired and employs gang members who targeted and terrorize young, Latino deputies working for the Department. The claims further assert that the County's failure to rid the Department of gangs and to discipline the gang members, and instead covering up the gang's actions, encouraged the County's gang member employees to retaliate against deputies and to recently assault several officers at a department party in East Los Angeles. According to the claims, after years of harassment targeting the young Latino police deputies, on September 28, 2018, several Banditos gang members surrounded and assaulted and battered several of the deputies; the claims further state that one of the young Latino Deputies was nearly strangled to death by the gang as he was choked out more than once and punched in the face by the gang; and that another officer was also savagely attacked by the gang and assaulted, sucker punched and knocked unconscious, then jumped on while he was unconscious on the ground. Four of the purported Banditos gang members were placed on leave after the incident and are under criminal investigation. The claims allege that, after the attack, the gang has continued to retaliate against the officers and whistleblowers, and recently secretly emptied out the bullets from the gun of one of the officers – in an attempt to set him up to be killed out in the field.
The claims also allege that the Banditos gang intentionally prevents officers from providing the necessary back up to each other during dangerous calls, endangering the officers and the community. The deputies further allege that Los Angeles County administration and management has long known about the gang problem for years and yet has not done anything to protect its officers and the community.The attorney for the claimants, Vincent Miller, of the Law Offices of Vincent Miller, stated that "the tense and violent environment at the police station has led to the deputies fearing attack by their fellow officers more than by the criminals in the street."
SOURCE The Law Offices of Vincent Miller