In 2014, L.A. County paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a female deputy who said she was bullied and harassed by Banditos. Villanueva blamed the situation on "a leadership team that fell asleep at the switch.". The current undersheriff, Tim Murakami, has a "Cavemen" tattoo, according to the lawsuit. draft a policy regarding cliques She attempted to contact Romero about the status of her transfer request, but he was allegedly unavailable. The Banditos gang has controlled the East Los Angeles station like inmates running a prison yard, the lawsuit says. Lieutenant David Infante, who previously worked at the East LA station and knew about the complaint, made it known to Lopezs supervising Sergeant, Veronica De La Rosa, that he didnt want Lopez at Century Station. If you're enjoying this article, you'll love my daily morning newsletter, How To LA. Members typically get matching tattoos and go by names such as the Grim Reapers and Jump Out Boys. A new policy is meaningless if you dont actually enforce it, said Miller, the attorney representing the deputies. She immediately began to experience chest pains and shortness of breath, and was diagnosed with a stress-induced pre-heart attack condition. The Banditos logo (Courtesy of Vincent Miller). Gray is visible on the tape observing the arrest from a distance. The Sheriffs wife, a retired LASD employee, allegedly put out messages telling deputy gang members to keep their heads up. opened an investigation Around August 4, 2014, Gonzalez filed a formal grievance against Sergeant Peter Hish, an alleged Banditos member, and Sergeant Joel Flores, an admitted tattooed member of the gang, alleging that she was subjected to gender discrimination. "Pretty much they were calling the shots, they were dictating the decisions of the station and that has a very bad outcome obviously," he said. Chavez said he was not told why he was being moved to the station and that he never made an effort to identify who belonged to the Banditos. The lawsuit claims the department is "permeated by criminal gang culture.". It says about 30 members and prospects work at the East L.A. station, adding the others work elsewhere or have retired. Aceituno recently did the same thing again and received no consequences from East LA Captain Richard Mejia, according to the complaint. She was very damaged by what happened, he tells Knock LA. When Contreras reported this to Captain Mejia, he instead suggested that Contreras ride with Deputy Juan Sanchez instead, who is allegedly affiliated with a street gang, as well as being an inked Banditos member. In early March 2012, someone posted a phony Department Personnel Transfer Request at the East LA station with Lopezs name on it. They were treating her like a housewife, says Gregory Smith, Lopezs attorney. The disciplinary letters stemmed from an internal investigation into an East L.A. Sheriff's Station clique called "The Banditos," accused of operating like a gang. In screenshots of the messages obtained by The Times, others joke about evidence, advising each other to get rid of it and burn it., The inspector generals report last year said theres substantial evidence that the Banditos are gang-like and their influence has resulted in favoritism, sexism, racism and violence.. None of them appear to have been disciplined for the shootings. The plaintiffs originally filed claims in 2019, stating they had been attacked, beaten, and denied backup as a result of refusing to cooperate with the gang. Did you investigate the Banditos? asked Vincent Miller, an attorney representing the eight deputies, according to a transcript of the deposition excerpts. He wrote that the list is based on information gleaned from investigations conducted by the Sheriffs Department. . At the time, then-interim Sheriff John Scott announced he would share the results of an investigation into claims of bullying by the Banditos, yet the probe has Gonzalez said under oath that in the summer of 2013, shortly after being given the day off and mentioning plans to travel to Hawaii, she received a text message sent to a group she was in with Deputy Jose Rauno. One of the new named defendants is Sheriff Alex Villanuevas chief of security, and another is his driver, according to Miller. She was assigned to the Los Angeles County Jail until transferring to the East LA Station in 2011 where she began training to become a patrol officer, according to court documents. During the August 14, 2013, meeting, Romero asked Lopez where she wanted to go. She previously covered the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, focusing on accountability stories and writing about failures by officials to comply with transparency laws. and I went to the trial for a day or two and the Deputy DA who was trying the case had no partner. The claims filed Thursday were brought by five young Latino deputies involved in the melee at the party and two veteran deputies who say they suffered retaliation after warning station officials about the Banditos. Escobedo and Hernandez were treated at a local hospital, Escobedo for "severe neck pain and strain, dizziness, and nausea due to lack of oxygen from being choked out," and Hernandez for a concussion and cuts that required sutures, the complaint alleges. But he has also taken credit for addressing the problem by instituting a policy that prohibits deputies from joining groups that promote behavior that violates the rights of others. And that was on purpose because they had failed in their job to lead the station.. Instead of assisting Contreras, Perez and Rojas drove by and mocked him, according to the complaint. "They see who is eager to belong, who they can manipulate, who they can control easily," he said. Following her complaint to Chavez, Internal Affairs opened an investigation into the matter, resulting in a two-day suspension. The expanded lawsuit comes amid increasing scrutiny of how Villanueva, who began his career at the East L.A. Station, has addressed the longstanding problem of deputy subgroups. Deputies Christopher Wargo, Benjamin Zaredini, Andrew Hernandez, and Eduardo Sanchez, who were also mentioned, were loaned out to other stations. In this latest filing, the plaintiffs have identified 17 additional alleged associates of the Banditos by name: Undersheriff Timothy Murakami (a tattooed Caveman), Sergeant Hugo Reynaga, Edmundo Torres, Hugo Ramos, Mario Castro, Manny Navarro, Nikki Hanamaki, Vincent Choi, James Wolack, Chris Blasnek, Albert Maldonado, Leo Sanchez, Elizabeth Aguilera, Luis Valle, Bobby Denham, and Anthony Rivera. 'Thank goodness that were in the era of videos,' said the family attorney as they file a federal civil rights lawsuit, In a memo, Chief Michel Moore said extremist groups have hijacked the use of the Thin Blue Line Flag to symbolize their undemocratic, racist, and bigoted views.. Lieutenant Eric Smitson allegedly confronted Hernandez and pressured him to lie and say the attack at Kennedy Hall had been an isolated, drunken two-way altercation. Sheriff Alex Villanueva also repeated that claim to Captain William Jaeger, Chief Kelly Porowski, and investigators Jeff Chow, Vincent Choi, Jeff Hamil, and Scott Chapman. Escobedo and Hernandez were brutally beaten and went to the emergency room for treatment. Although the plaintiffs were overwhelmed with calls, they were also denied backup by Munoz, Silverio, Rodriguez, Hector Soto Saavedra, Braulio Robledo, Jonathan Rojas, Nikolis Perez, Juan Sanchez, Aaron Abellano, Silvano Garcia, Claudia Perez, Vincent Moran, Edelmira Parra, Andrea Villa, and Eldimerra Parra. Part of A Tradition of Violence, an extensive investigation into more than five decades of abuse, terror, and murder carried out by gangs within the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. The money has been used for legal fees for some defendants in the claim and vacations for Banditos members to Thailand. It describes members of the group as maintaining control by intimidation of other deputies and control of key positions, including dispatcher, scheduling deputy and training officer. It says this has happened "dozens" of times over the last three years. Mejia also claimed to have forgotten texts and phone calls he received from Deputy Oscar Escobedo reporting the hostile work environment. Several members of the Banditos showed up, which was uncommon, according to court documents. Tanaka is serving a five-year prison term for trying to cover up jailhouse beatings. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. When Sheriff Villanueva took over the department in December of 2018, he made it a priority to reinstate former employees with ties to deputy gangs, including Undersheriff Murakami and Caren Carl Mandoyan, a Grim Reaper. Lemus, Contreras, Hernandez, and Escobedo were told they could move to another gang-dominated station, or a station far from their homes. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Joshua Smilor, Benjamin Zaredini, Andrew Hernandez, Eduardo Sanchez, and Troy Krautkramer were deputies as of 2019. He was elected in 2018 after running as a progressive Democrat who would reform the department. She was not in a good way. Many of the people who violently harassed Lopez are still with the department. Every weekday, you'll get fresh, community-driven stories that catch you up with our independent local news. Lopez spoke with Sergeant Betty Lascono, who placed her on the schedule to return to work the following day. Hernandez pointed at her body and turned to another male deputy saying, Look at these! and, What do you think, bro? He said to Lopez, What are you going to do about it? Subgroups? Zaredini retroactively received the bonus pay, but was denied a promotion by Captain Chavez and Undersheriff Timothy Murakami. The deputies, who do not want to be identified for fear of reprisal, claim the most prevalent are called the Banditos comprised of mostly Latino deputies who Deputy Woodrow Kim, who was listed as a witness, stated Saavedra was lying about the claim in the IA investigation. Rodriguez also bragged that If [civilians] run from me, I make sure they come back with broken bones. Hector Little Listo Soto Saavedra allegedly drove around solely to attack civilians. Between 2019 and 2020, Sheriff Villanueva lied when he repeatedly claimed he transferred 36 Banditos out of the East LA Station and directed the Captain to investigate the gang. I dont know who the Banditos are, Chavez, who is now a commander, said under oath in March. Several videos taken at the scene show him standing several feet away from the car until he is arrested and taken into custody. Several neighbors came out of their houses and filmed the incident. Gray was detained again on October 15, 2012. While Deputy Granados encountered other deputies firing guns at a suspect and pulled over his vehicle, he was written up for misconduct by Diana Woodward. But her attorney, Gregory Smith, says the damage was done. Here's Why It's Especially Dangerous To Hike SoCal Mountains Right Now, How 4 Words Upended A University's Journalism Program, And Stirred A Reckoning Over Race, What A Popular Yoga Teacher's Descent Into Conspiracy Theories Says About The 'Wellness To QAnon Pipeline', Ancient Lung Disease Strikes Countertop Cutters In LA, The Groundbreaking Suicide Squad That Tested Early Rockets And Flirted With The Occult. The lawsuit claims the department is "permeated by criminal gang culture" beyond the Banditos. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. According to court documents, Villanueva also reinstated Danny Batman Batanero, one of the original 10 Banditos, and made him head of his security detail. In March and April 2018, two of the plaintiffs, deputies Louis Granados and Benjamin Zaredini, were "alarmed by the increasingly hostile and violent nature" of the Banditos' activities, the lawsuit states. On Sept. 19, 2018, just nine days before the attack at the party, two East L.A. deputies were shot, "coming close to being murdered, because of the intentional failure of the Banditos to provide back up," the suit claims. The updated lawsuit cites text messages between a group of deputies after the incident in which one jokes about the 245 at the party, referring to the penal code section for assault. Huntsman also said LASD ignored evidence that exists to support the conclusion that the Banditos are a gang-like clique and their influence has resulted in favoritism, sexism, racism, and violence ICIB did not want to delve into the Banditos involvement.. Sgt. The lawsuit alleges Sgt. In late December 2011, an on-duty Lopez reported to a priority call. However Deputy Brian Goodwin, Commander Chris Blasnek, and Commander James Wolak rigged the investigation to support a seven-day suspension of Zaredini, according to the lawsuit. LAist is part of Southern California Public Radio, a member-supported public media network. On April 10, 2013, Lopez found a dead rat underneath the drivers side door of her vehicle. In fall of 2017, Munoz sent Raymond Mendoza, an alleged Banditos shot caller, to confront Deputy Zaredini about not being hostile enough to Deputy Alfred Gonzalez. She said it's time the department take the elimination of deputy gang membership seriously.. The Fort Apache insignia, which depicts a riot helmet and a boot with the words Low profile and siempre una patada en los pantalones or always a swift kick in the pants, was created at the station during the Chicano Moratorium, when deputies brutalized hundreds of people gathered to protest the Vietnam War. According to the complaint, Mendoza also conducted personal business while on duty and ordered her to do his work. Members have gang nicknames and use slang like ese and homes when speaking with each other. When the Internal Affairs Bureau initiated an investigation into the Banditos, lead investigator Jeff Hamil allegedly followed Villanuevas orders to complete a fake investigation. The lawsuit says Banditos are given preferred parking spots at the station and collect taxes from young deputies, including through a recent fundraiser to help four of them pay for legal expenses related to these claims. The claim charges that Mejia admitted the action was improper, and that Commander (then Captain) Ernie Chavez and Commander Eli Vera (a candidate for sheriff) stated the action was retaliatory. Chavez said he left East L.A. station in November 2019 after his promotion to commander. The suit accuses all four of being involved in the September 2018 attack on some of the plaintiffs. Forty-seven Los Angeles County Sheriffs officials were added Monday as named defendants On March 26, 2012, Deputy Zaredini ran Lopezs vehicle off the road. The station has been home to several deputy gangs, including the Little Devils, Cavemen, and newest addition, the Banditos. Bob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. The Banditos are said to operate out of the sheriffs East L.A. station, and sport tattoos of gun-wielding skeletons wearing sombreros. Pushed him up against the police car. In response to questions from The Times earlier this month, Villanueva said the Sheriffs Departments investigation into the Compton Executioners led to two terminations and 13 transfers out of the station. What has previously been known about the groups has often been stitched together from allegations and testimony in lawsuits. It also alleges that the Banditos once secretly removed ammunition from another deputys shotgun. In August, Villanueva announced a zero tolerance policy on deputy cliques/subgroups engaging in misconduct, according to the statement. Just a few months later, Deputy Gregory Rodriguez made one final attempt to recruit Deputy Mario Contreras to the gang. Despite ongoing litigation related to the Banditos, the gang appears confident that they can operate with impunity, and multiply. County lawyers instructed the deputy not to answer questions about whether he has the Executioners tattoo, which is a skull with a rifle and a military-style helmet, surrounded by flames. The gang also established a culture at the station where deputies work backwards, meaning they arrest civilians then later come up with probable cause by planting and manufacturing evidence. Art Hernandezs lawsuit charges that there is a video which shows members of the Banditos gathered at the station following the fight, preparing a cover story together. Deputy Louis Granados claims that his number of calls went up in 2018 after he blew the whistle on the Banditos with Deputy Zaredini. On August 23, 2012, LASD personnel descended upon the 1300 block of South Marianna Avenue in East Los Angeles. LAist is part of Southern California Public Radio, a member-supported public media network. A deputy came to his home as Gray was moving a car into his driveway. In a retaliation lawsuit filed by a sheriffs lieutenant, a deputy associated with the Executioners testified last month that he had participated in deciding who could get a tattoo and had attended seven so-called inking parties. The Banditos extract "taxes" from young Latino deputies for clique members' parties and travel, one of the deputies who filed the lawsuit told LAist. In reality, Villanueva sent notices to terminate Banditos Rafael Munoz, Gregory Rodriguez, and David Silverio, as well as discipline plaintiff deputies in what appears to be retaliation. Banditos meetings are held at the home of Deputy Noel Crook Lopez. The DAs office didnt put adequate resources into prosecuting the case. A Tradition of Violence is hosted and executive produced by Cerise Castle. Jefferson Chow, who has been in the department for 26 years, was tasked with investigating a September 2018 fight between deputies at a department party at Kennedy Hall in East Los Angeles. ", Villanueva did The federal probe follows allegations of beatings and harassment by members of the Banditos, a group of deputies assigned to the Sheriffs Departments East L.A. station who brand themselves with matching tattoos of a skeleton outfitted with a sombrero, bandolier and pistol. When she asked Wargo what was going on, she was told that she was a trainee and to mind her business. 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Gonzalez filed a lawsuit against the County in April 2016. Deputies who don't follow the Banditos' orders are subject to retaliation that can include getting overloaded with excessive calls, being sent out for extra calls at the end of their shift and being told routine calls are emergencies, according to the suit. READ NEXT: The Pink Hand, Big Listo, and Crook. The department did not respond to LAist's inquiry as to whether the policy has been formally adopted. Lieutenant Eric Simpson allegedly buried the memo under the orders of Chief Bobby Denham. Romero offered Lopez a transfer in response, which she didnt think she deserved as she had done no wrong. While under oath in a deposition, Rauno confirmed that he sent the message to the group. Many who are not recruited go along with the gangs requirements for fear of retaliation. FTO Hernandez brought the fake request to Sergeant Jennifer Barsh, who ordered Lopez back to the station. The IG's report on a deputy group Thank you for investing in your neighborhood. Former Undersheriff Ray Leyva stated in a deposition that Villanueva made a settlement with Deputy Gregory Rodriguez, a Bandito, shortly after Rodriguez was involved in the attack at Kennedy Hall. They use word on the yard, a phrase used to explain what is being said among people in prison, according to the lawsuit. At the end of the call he followed Lopez to her car. Lopez went to Area Command to request a copy of the paperwork and discovered it had never been filed. Christopher Gray, who is Black, is originally from Idaho. Current deputies out of the East Los Angeles station say the existence of gangs within law enforcement has been a problem in the area. LAPD Chief Moore also questioned officers' actions in the fatal shooting of Takar Smith, although not in two other fatal incidents. However, he and Deputy Louis Granados reported harassment that they had observed at the hands of Banditos to Captain (then Lieutenant) Richard Mejia. After Casas rejected the Banditos recruitment attempts, he faced harassment. One deputy alleges in a complaint against the County that activities like fundraisers, training parties, and staff barbecues at the East LA station must be roundtabled by the Banditos. The Banditos initially attempted to recruit some of the plaintiffs. Prospects are put on a list and Banditos vote on who becomes a member at "roundtable meetings" held at a Bandito member's home, according to the lawsuit. He kicked over a garbage can in front of incarcerated people working there and yelled to Lopez, Hey trainee, why dont you come over here and clean up the fucking mess you made?. But eight deputies now accuse Sheriff Villanueva of allowing a violent group, the Banditos, to thrive in his department's ranks. She was placed on medical leave. Hernandezs former FTO Marcelo Reaper Ortega and Contreras former FTO Elizondo also told him not to speak about what had happened. Content Warning: This series explicitly details acts of violence (including murder) carried out by law enforcement officials. On August 8, 2013, Lopez was taken off of disability leave and cleared to return to work. After Lopezs POE was filed, the harassment escalated. In a conversation with LAist, the new sheriff acknowledges that, as an outsider, "I have my work cut out for me" in winning the support of the department's rank-and-file. Before this amendment, alleged members and associates of the gang included; Commander April Tardy; Captains Ernie Chavez (an alleged Vikings gang member), Richard Mejia, and Chris Perez; Lieutenants Eric Smitson, Anthony Easter, Edmundo Torres; Sergeant Angelica Estrada (AKA the Pink Hand); Rafael Rene Munoz (AKA Big Listo); Gregory Rodriguez (AKA G-Rod); David Silverio (AKA Silver); Michael Hernandez (AKA Bam Bam); Vincent Moran; Hector Soto Saavedra, who killed Paul Rea in 2019; Jeff Hamil; Jeff Chow; William Jaeger; Scott Chapman; Raymond Mendoza; Luis Carbajal; Braulio Robledo; Jonathan Rojas, who killed Anthony Vargas in 2018; Eldemira Para; Andrea Villa; Marc Elizondo; Nikolis Perez, who killed Anthony Vargas and Jorge Serrano in 2018; Kelly Porowsky; Woodrow Kim; Juan Sanchez; Aaron Abellano; Silvano Garcia; Joanna Macs Moran; Joanana Palombi; Jose Aceituno; Anthony Pacheco; Soraya Sanchez; Karla Sepulveda; Marcelo Ortega; Diana Woodward; Eduardo Muniz; Rebecca Cortez; Joe Mendoza; Erin Rosario; Jessica Santos; John Soria; Miguel Ortiz; Claudia Perez; Brian Goodwin; Manuel Palacios; Jodi Hutak; Pablo Partida; Noel Lopez; and Christopher Moore. Deputies Alfred Gonzalez, Oscar Escobedo, Ariela Lemus, Art Hernandez, Mario Contreras, David Casas, Louis Granados, and Benjamin Zaredini filed an internal complaint with Los Angeles County in March of 2019. Please exercise self-care and check in with yourself before choosing to read. Lopez was later contacted by ALADS union representative Julie Patrelli, who told her that East LA Captain James Wolak was willing to send Lopez to Cerritos Station. LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Sheriff Alex Villanueva says he intends to fire or suspend 26 deputies for misconduct related to a 2018 attack by the "Banditos" deputy Deputy Christopher Wargo drove to the location and blocked Lopezs patrol car so she could not move and ordered her out of the vehicle. is investigating the Banditos The inspector generals new figures add to a growing body of information about the secretive groups, which have existed in the Sheriffs Department for decades. In all, eight deputies are demanding $60 million in a new lawsuit against Los Angeles County and four fellow deputies they say are members of the "Banditos" deputy gang. The Executioners were She signed up to take the sergeants exam to seek a promotion in July 2013, but was unable to take it because of continued harassment, despite her not coming into the station regularly. Going back to 2016, the lawsuit alleges, the Banditos repeatedly denied backup to the plaintiff deputies on dangerous calls, pressured them to quit or leave the station and sent hostile messages on work computers. . The Top 5 newsletter catches you up with LAs top 5 stories in just 3 minutes. During the course of the investigations, the complaint alleges multiple Banditos members and associates lied about their knowledge of the gang and said they did not see the attacks. Lopez was also subjected to intimidation: Deputy Benjamin Zaredini once followed Lopez into the garage area at the East LA station. Smith says that current Sheriff Alex Villanueva reached out to Gonzalez after taking office and assisted her with study for the Sergeants exam. The next time she heard from Patrelli, she informed Lopez that Wolak wouldnt be sending her to the hospital location after all. This is America, Orange recounts. Smitson, Perez, and Sergeant Estrada informed the Banditos that Granados and Zaredini had blown the whistle. Just a few days later she was summoned into the Watch Commanders Office by Sergeants Hish and Florence, who were not her supervisors. His body was recovered near Mount Islip. The claim states that it is easy for deputies to record that they provided backup when they did not, by manually inputting the data into the Mobile Digital Computer inside their patrol vehicle. The list includes 11 deputies allegedly belonging to the Banditos and operating out of the East LA sheriff's station. In December 2013, Lopez was informed that if she didnt immediately request a transfer to Century Station, she would have to return to East LA. LASD has never thoroughly investigated allegations of gang corruption, and this case is no exception, Huntsman told The Times. Heres everything you need to know about coyotes in Los Angeles County. The entire leadership of East L.A. station was turned over, Villanueva said in a social media broadcast last fall. Traditionally, once deputy gang membership reaches 100, a new group is introduced. People familiar with the schism described it to Knock LA as similar to the movie American Me (1992), which depicts the creation of the Mexican Mafia: Valdez was pushed out of the gang by younger, more aggressive deputies. Los Banditos East LA Station has been a notorious LASD gang hub for decades, but not every deputy is welcome. Call Them What You Will There've Been 18 (Yes, 18) In The LA Sheriff's Department, A Controversial East LA Sheriff's Station Logo Was Banned. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. Huntsman told The Times that about a third of the 41 deputies on his list admitted that they had tattoos or belonged to the groups; the rest were identified by other sworn personnel in statements to sheriffs investigators. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Two weeks after the ceremony, the Banditos gang removed ammunition from Deputy Zaredinis shotgun. The Countys deputy gangs also subjected him to an experience that left him traumatized. Casas also says he received several intimidating messages from the Banditos, including demands to stop working at the station and threats of assault. The same crew also allegedly hatched a plan to overload deputies who did not obey the Banditos with emergency calls. At least four secret cliques or gangs of sheriffs deputies with names like the Banditos and the Executioners continue to operate and recruit within the L.A. At at Civilian Oversight Commission meeting in May, Villanueva said the Banditos clique no longer exists at East L.A. station. The suit also claims Banditos encourage deputies to increase their arrest numbers by planting evidence on suspects. Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was a tattooed member of the Vikings, which a federal judge called a "neo-nazi white supremacist" group. Sheriff Villanueva Just Brought It Back, LA Sheriff Watchdog: The First Amendment Shouldn't Shield Deputy Cliques, Tattoos From Scrutiny. Sanchez continued to harass her saying, I dont understand why you dont want to meet up, are you worried about your reputation? When Lopez saw Sanchez two days later, he swore at her again for not going to meet up with him alone. 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