Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Austreberto Gonzalez has filed a claim against County stating that the dept has been infiltrated by a gang of deputies calling themselves the ‘Executioners’ who sport matching Nazi tattoos and participate in illegal arrests,
According to the filing, roughly a fifth of the 100 deputies at the Compton Station [CPT] are a part of a gang called the Executioners.
Another 20 other deputies allegedly are closely associated with the gang
Nearly all the members have a matching tattoo to symbolize their status in the gang – comprised of a skeletal figure clad in Nazi symbolism toting an AK-47
African-American deputies and women are not allowed to join the Executioners , the claim states
Gonzalez a decorated Marine veteran who has been with the dept 13 years and has spent the last five and a half years at the Compton location, detailed the systemic harassment once he turned whistleblower
Los Angeles County, Sheriff’s Deputy Sheriff Austreberto Gonzalez [photo] claims in a lawsuit, that the Compton station is plagued by a gang of officers who terrorize other deputies and threaten to not enforce laws so they can get preferred treatment
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been plagued by a gang of deputies who sport tattoos with Nazi symbolism and have infiltrated a station to enact civil rights abuses against the public, according to a claim made by a whistleblower.
In a claim filed in June against Los Angeles County, Deputy Sheriff Austreberto Gonzalez details that roughly a fifth of the 100 deputies at the Compton Station (CPT) are a part of the gang called ‘The Executioners’. Another 20 deputies are considered to be ‘prospects’ or close associates of the gang, the filing states.
The filing has prompted a response from Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who took to Facebook to announce that the department was putting its foot down when dealing with disingenuous deputies.
‘Swift administrative action’ is taking place as they look into the allegations, according to the statement.
Nearly all the members of the group – called the Executioners – allegedly have a matching tattoo to symbolize their status in the gang – comprised of a skeletal figure clad with Nazi imagery, toting an AK-4
Nearly all the members have a matching tattoo to symbolize their status in the gang – comprised of a skull with Nazi imagery and an AK-47. This particular firearm is heavily associated with gang activity and not with law enforcement, the claim states.
African-American deputies and women are not allowed to join the Executioners.
The claim names a head honcho for the gang.
Deputy Jaime Juarez allegedly was the inked ‘shotcaller’ for the Executioners. The claim details how Juarez and the gang tried to exert pressure on CPT brass with the aim of wresting control of vital admin functions.
The gang allegedly participated in an illegal work slowdowns and stopped performing their duties so that they could ‘impose their will’ on CPT.
Juarez is said to have attempted to flex the gang’s influence when trying to sway Captain Larry Waldie to change the Training and Scheduling deputy position. The role hands out shifts to deputies, a desired position for the gang who sought to use their own member to give preferential treatment for shifts.
When Waldie refused, the claim explains, Deputy Juarez and the Executioners responded by slowing their work. The claim states that the gang was paid full salaries as they did little work and cost taxpayers immense losses.
Seat of police gang activity: Dep. Jaime Juarez is named as the inked ‘shotcaller’ for the Executioners. Juarez and the gang allegedly participated in illegal work slowdowns so that they could ‘impose their will’ on the Compton station [photo]
Enough evidence of gang activity? A mouse and pad appear to have been branded as property of the Sheriff’s deputies gang. Same as seen in the tattoos
Gonzalez a decorated Marine, is a 13-year veteran of the department who has spent the last five and half at the Compton station.
Hs claim mentions that with a medically fragile daughter who requires serious medical attention, Gonzalez routinely would need to be readily available to care for her.
In 2016, he tried to take time off so that he could care for his daughter. The claim states that Juarez, who was the Training and Scheduling Deputy at the time, refused the time for Gonzales and forced him to use CFRA/FMLA leave.
He even went as far to assign Gonzalez the ‘early morning shifts,’ giving better scheduling to an inked Executioner and forcing the father to have to use six to eight weeks of PTO so that he could care for his sickly daughter.
The claim also alleges that the gang participated in illegal arrest quotas after being reprimanded for low arrests, resulting in CPT arrest statistics increasing by roughly 300 per cent in one month.
It was during this particular time that Gonzales was partnered with Deputy Illaina Vargas, named in the claim as Jaurez’s girlfriend.
The claimant said he observed that his partner would make unusual misdemeanor arrests in a bid to boost the arrest stats.
Deputies [stock photo], would perform illegal arrest to fill their quotas so that they could bump their stats, the claim alleges
The filing alleges that as a result of not meeting the new arrest requirements, Gonzales and other deputies were ‘demoted’ and placed on traffic duty.
Recent allegations surround a February 2020 incident where Gonzales anonymously reported a deputy who assaulted a fellow officer while on duty. A officer working in the InterAgency Board, where Gonzales submitted the anonymous call, turned over the the voice clip to the Executioners.
According to the claim, deputies began threatening Gonzales and forced him to take off of work for numerous days. During his time off, Gonzales was sent a picture showing graffiti on the station wall that read ‘ART IS A RAT.’
The cop cliques were first brought to light in a civil case brought by the family of Donta Taylor, who was fatally gunned down in 2016. The trial confirmed the existence of the gang forcing the county to pay a multi-million compensation
As a result of the treatment, Gonzales stepped down from his field training officer position. He also struggled finding a new partner as deputies refused to work with him because of the stigma attached to his name.
‘We have a gang here that has grown to the point where it dominates every aspect of life at the Compton station,’ Alan Romero, an attorney representing Gonzalez, explained to the Los Angeles Times.
‘It essentially controls scheduling, the distribution of informant tips, and assignments to deputies in the station with preference shown to members of the gang as well as prospects.’
Sheriff Alex Villanueva released a statement denying the existence of an internal police gang within the ranks of the department, but announced that an internal investigation was already underway.
‘I take these allegations very seriously and recently enacted a policy specifically addressing illicit groups, deputy cliques, and subgroups,’ he said, highlighting a February police that made it so that officers could not form groups.
On Thursday, however, Inspector General Max Huntsman said that he was ‘aware of no implementation whatsoever’ of the policy and added that looking into secret societies proved difficult ‘because of the obstruction of the Sheriff’s Department.’
The allegations from Compton come as the station faces criticism for excessive use of force, including the May arrest of Dalvin Price and the June fatal shooting of 18-year-old Andres Guardado.
Compton Deputy Samuel Aldama speaks at a deposition where he reveals his tattoo associated with the Executioners. Los Angeles County settled with Taylor’s family for $7million.