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April 20, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives have launched a probe into what appears to be a secret deputy clique within the department's elite gang unit, an investigation triggered by the discovery of a document suggesting the group embraces shootings as a badge of honor. The document described a code of conduct for the Jump Out Boys, a clique of hard-charging, aggressive deputies who gain more respect after being involved in a shooting, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation.
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February 1, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A deadly confrontation between a Vista man and San Diego County sheriff's deputies Friday night began with deputies attempting to arrest the man on a felony drug warrant, officials said. Four deputies from the gang unit went to an apartment building in Vista to serve the warrant around 6:15 p.m. Friday. After finding the suspect in a garage, deputies ordered him to put up his hands, said homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio. "Instead of complying, the suspect reached both of his hands down to his waistband" as if reaching for a weapon, Giannantonio said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1989
A suspected gang member has been arrested by Los Angeles police for allegedly gunning down a West Los Angeles man in Pacific Palisades early July 29. Members of the Los Angeles Police Department's anti-gang unit, Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums, arrested Ruben Rodriguez, 24, shortly after 5 a.m. at a relative's apartment in Mar Vista Gardens, Detective Bill Humphry said.
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May 17, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Seven deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff's gang unit have been placed on leave on suspicion that they belong to a secret clique that celebrates shootings and brands its members with matching tattoos, sources confirmed. The move is a sign of the intensifying nature of the investigation of the "Jump Out Boys. " Suspicion about the group's existence was sparked several weeks ago when a supervisor found a pamphlet describing the group's creed, which promoted aggressive policing and portrayed officer shootings in a positive light.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Seven deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff's gang unit have been placed on leave on suspicion that they belong to a secret clique that celebrates shootings and brands its members with matching tattoos, sources confirmed. The move is a sign of the intensifying nature of the investigation of the "Jump Out Boys. " Suspicion about the group's existence was sparked several weeks ago when a supervisor found a pamphlet describing the group's creed, which promoted aggressive policing and portrayed officer shootings in a positive light.
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December 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police are looking for the killer of a man found shot to death Sunday in Santa Ana, authorities said Monday. Pedro Teran, 25, was found dead in an alley in the 2500 block of South Baker Street about 8:30 p.m., they said. The crime is being investigated by the Police Department's gang unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1998
Agreeing that gang injunctions are an effective tool in fighting street crime, the Los Angeles City Council approved a plan Friday to add six members to the city attorney's gang unit. The expansion, which includes four attorneys and two support staff members, will cost more than $290,000 and will be paid for out of the city attorney's budget for liability claims. The injunctions, used to combat street gangs, have helped reduce crime in several areas, City Atty. James K. Hahn told the council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1996 | JOHN POPE
A special unit of the Police Department will be created to fight gangs, the City Council decided this week, as it approved $20,000 for the first six months of operation. Councilman Michael J. Doyle, who introduced the plan, said police captains had told him recently that a special unit would help track and combat gang activity. "I think it's time we did something," Doyle said Tuesday. "The police have been out there working, but they haven't had the opportunity to home in on one thing.
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September 1, 1989
More than 120 law enforcement officers executed search warrants and arrested 11 reputed gang members, including a man wanted for a 1987 slaying, in a three-hour series of raids early Thursday in the unincorporated Firestone area and in South-Central Los Angeles. The raids, which took place at 14 homes, were designed to stem the activities of a specific gang faction.
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March 5, 1989 | CARLOS LOZANO, Times Staff Writer
Officials of Community Youth Gang Services, Los Angeles County's largest anti-gang agency, said their San Fernando Valley unit will remain intact while others are being reduced or eliminated in a major countywide reorganization. At the same time, however, plans to increase the group's social workers in the Valley from two to four have been put on hold, said Steve Valdivia, executive director of Community Youth Gang Services.
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May 10, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Several violent incidents, including the shooting of a 13-year-old boy, have sparked worries of renewed gang activity in a northeast Los Angeles neighborhood where city authorities have invested many resources to combat a notorious gang. Years after a largely successful effort to clear a subgroup of the Avenues gang from Drew Street in Glassell Park, authorities say it appears that rival gangs are looking to exact revenge on, or humiliate, a once powerful and predatory enemy. "I think there's payback a little bit there," said LAPD Lt. David Kowalski, supervisor of the Northeast Division's gang unit.
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April 20, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives have launched a probe into what appears to be a secret deputy clique within the department's elite gang unit, an investigation triggered by the discovery of a document suggesting the group embraces shootings as a badge of honor. The document described a code of conduct for the Jump Out Boys, a clique of hard-charging, aggressive deputies who gain more respect after being involved in a shooting, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation.
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November 6, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Stephen Kinzey used his experience riding his Harley-Davidson to teach about motion and physiology. He researched the effects of video games on the health of children. And he chatted with his students about being a father and a devoted Catholic. That was Stephen Kinzey, tenured kinesiology professor at Cal State San Bernardino. But police said they know of another Stephen Kinzey, one who calls himself Skinz. This is the person who wore leathers and ran the local Devils Diciples motorcycle gang.
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September 16, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A teenage member of a Los Angeles-based street gang was arrested Wednesday on charges of firing a handgun at a porch full of family members in San Bernardino, killing a 3-year-old girl and seriously wounding a pregnant woman and her young daughter. Police say Monday's shooting appears to have been an act of revenge against a man who lived in the house who — an hour earlier — stopped the suspect from beating a woman on a sidewalk a few doors away. Investigators with the San Bernardino Police Department, aided by eyewitness accounts of the shooting, identified the suspect within 24 hours and the agency's gang unit tracked him down Wednesday evening, two blocks from the crime scene.
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July 22, 2011 | By Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police officials have launched a formal investigation into concerns that officers in one of the city's most gang-plagued areas are intimidating other cops from signing a controversial financial disclosure form that is required to join the department's anti-gang units. So far, five officers have been removed from their field assignments at the LAPD's 77th Street Division and will be transferred out of the area for their roles in two recent incidents. The inquiry at the 77th Street Division comes six months after department leaders suspended anti-gang operations there and at a handful of other stations in order to rebuild units vacated entirely by officers who refused to comply with the disclosure rule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2011 | Sandy Banks
It sounds like a doomsday scenario for a city finally vanquishing a street crime menace that gave Los Angeles a reputation as the nation's gang capital. LAPD officers charged with fighting gangs are walking away from their jobs en masse because they don't want to disclose to their bosses details of their personal lives. They consider insulting, invasive and potentially dangerous a rule aimed at ferreting out corruption by requiring gang and narcotics officers to submit for scrutiny their personal financial records.
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March 17, 1988 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
Citing a dramatic rise in Orange County gang violence, Dist. Atty. Cecil Hicks and Supervisor Roger R. Stanton have asked the Board of Supervisors to approve a $450,000 anti-gang unit for the district attorney's office. A memo to the board signed by both Hicks and Stanton said that there are at least 83 gangs in the county today, contrasted with 54 three years ago and that many are "well organized" and "dangerously armed."
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September 19, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
A special five-week gang detail netted more than 220 gang-related arrests during August and September, police said last week. The 15-officer unit logged arrests including one for homicide, four for robbery, seven for auto theft, 12 for felonious assault and 20 for firearms violations, Garden Grove Police Lt. Kevin Raney said. The detail also seized 20 guns and recovered seven stolen vehicles, Raney said.
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February 2, 2011 | By Joel Rubin and Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department has temporarily dismantled anti-gang units in several of its most crime-plagued neighborhoods because officers in those squads refused to comply with a controversial financial disclosure rule that they view as misguided and invasive. Police officials have sent the defiant officers back to regular patrol duties and expect that it will take several months to rebuild the gang units with others willing to abide by the policy, which requires officers to periodically submit information regarding their assets and debts.
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September 18, 2010 | Sandy Banks
Watching Fanchon Blake make her way to the microphone, it was hard to envision the firebrand who helped remake the Los Angeles Police Department. Her gait was slow, her speech was halting, her bearing unlike that of the legendary policewoman old-timers recalled. But to the luncheon crowd in the Police Academy gym — women wearing pearl earrings and police uniforms, carrying Gucci bags and holstered guns — the elderly woman had rock star status. They cheered and applauded, then lined up to pose for photos with her. It was, after all, Blake's 1973 lawsuit that ushered many of them into and up the ranks of the LAPD.
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