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Violent, mysterious fascist networks in California police stations

By
Tom Carter

August 7, 2020

A whistleblower in the sheriff's department of Los Angeles County has exposed a violent right-wing extremist gang operating at Compton station known as "Executioners".

The hangman's network, according to a Los Angeles Times report dated July 30, consists of sworn police officers all wearing matching tattoos with "a skull with Nazi images" and an assault rifle. The gang "celebrates deputy shootings and the introduction of new members with" color parties "."

An estimated 20 MPs are members of the hangman's network, most of whom work at night. According to the whistleblower's statement, which was filed on June 23 and has recently come to light, "executioners do not allow African-American or female members."

The tattoo of an "executioner" of the Los Angeles Police Department

Instead of using official police channels, gang members communicate with each other via WhatsApp. "Members are described as" executioners "after the execution of members of the public," the whistleblower complaint emphatically says, "or they commit acts of violence to promote the gang in other ways."

According to the whistleblower complaint, the gang has “enormous power at Compton station”, which covers an area of ​​Los Angeles where historically a large proportion of black workers live.

The whistleblower, deputy Thomas Banuelos, was attacked, threatened and attacked by a member of the executioner. "It was a very serious, violent and bloody attack that could have killed Deputy Banuelos," said whistleblower lawyer Alan Romero. A hangman member "had him on the floor and literally hit his head with his elbow over and over again."

When another MP tried to anonymously report the attack on Banuelos through an internal alert line, his identity was revealed and handed over to the executioners. Graffiti was found on the keyboard in front of the station, accusing him of being a "rat".

"I think the most terrible thing," said Romero, "is that he did what he should do." He called the authorities and they cheated on him. They handed him over directly to the gang. It's a whistleblower's worst nightmare. "

On the WitnessLA website, an inside source identified the three MPs in this video as members of the Executioners gang. In the video released in June, MPs brutally beat a man pinned to the ground.

"We have a gang here that has grown to rule every aspect of life at Compton Station," Romero told the Los Angeles Times. "It essentially controls the planning, distribution of tips for informants and the assignment to MPs in the station, with preference given to members of the gang as well as potential customers."

If members of the right-wing extremist "Executioners" network in the sheriff's department don't get what they want, gang members are threatened with "work slowdowns – where calls are ignored or answered slowly". They also set illegal "arrest rates".

The "executioners" are just the latest in a series of revelations by right-wing extremist gangs, networks and cliques operating in California police stations.

Also in recent weeks, the OpenVallejo website has revealed an occult tradition of "badge bending" by police officers in Vallejo, California.

According to the first report on July 28: "A mysterious clique within the Vallejo Police Department has reminded of deadly gunfights with beer, barbecues, and bending the points of their badges every time they kill on duty." This ritual was viewed as a "badge of honor" for the police officers concerned.

The ritual was exposed when police captain John Whitney tried to end the practice and was released after an illegal retaliation suit he filed.

At the time of the captain's release, the OpenVallejo report said “nearly 40% of the troop's officers had been shot at least once. More than a third of them had participated in two or more. The department employs around 100 sworn employees. "

According to OpenVallejo, "the division's most productive shooters" are officers "Sean Kenney, Joe McCarthy and Steve Darden", who together account for "almost a third of the division's 30 fatal shootings in the past two decades".

"The police officers who shoot someone bend the tabs on their badges," says an anonymous message OpenVallejo received. It is believed to come from a "high-ranking Vallejo official who knows the badge tradition".

"A bit like a notch on the bedpost. It is an indicator of how many hoodlums they have shot. You think it's funny. "

According to the report, “For those who were invited to the group, a deadly shootout – their own or that of a colleague – is often followed by a barbecue or other celebration, according to current and former police officers. The badges are actually bent there or at the roll call, an official law enforcement briefing that takes place at the beginning or end of a shift. Photos show that the first bend is often applied at the 4 o'clock point of a new initiate's badge. "

The fascist culture that surrounds these secret networks has deep roots in California's police stations. The Viking police force, which was exposed in Los Angeles in the 1990s, also performed tattoo rituals and was responsible for racist attacks on minorities.

"The bandits, Spartans, regulators, and reapers are literal gangs that are said to exist within the Los Angeles law enforcement agency," a 2019 Law Enforcement Today report said. "All members of the banditos have tattoos of a skeleton wearing a sombrero, a bandolier and a pistol."

Other police gangs in Los Angeles that have operated or are currently operating are the Hats, the Little Devils, the Jump Out Boys, the Grim Reapers, the "2000 Boys" and the "3000 Boys".

The "Jump Out Boys" were unmasked in 2012 and became internationally known for their extremely pathological tattoos and the celebration of shootings.

A leaflet entitled “Jump Out Boys” distributed to other MPs says: “We are alpha dogs that think and act like the wolf, but never become a wolf” and “We are not afraid to shame ourselves to get your hands dirty. Shame or hesitation … sometimes (members) have to do the things they don't want to get where they want to be. "

When a member of the "Jump Out Boys" shot someone, that member's tattoos were changed so that smoke escaped from a gun.

It is significant that city, county, and state government in general are controlled by the Democratic Party, which has spoken out about George Floyd's protests and the overwhelming feelings of the population about police brutality and racism.

The same Democrats have for years failed to exterminate the violent, fascist, racist networks of police officers operating in their own communities.

The fascist culture that has developed among police officers alongside the brutality epidemic is no accident, but is related to the role of the police in capitalist society. These contingents of degraded and desensitized beasts are recruited and cultivated for a specific purpose: the violent suppression of the class struggle.

According to the whistleblower complaint about the executioners, members of the fascist network target other MPs to recruit them, "based on the potential client's use of violence against suspects or other MPs. Almost all CPT MPs (Station Compton) who have been involved in high-profile shootings and extra-political beating at CPT in recent years have been executioners.

The executioners "use violence against other MPs and members of the public to strengthen their position within the criminal organization".

Encouraged by Trump's call to "dominate" and use "overwhelming violence," police in America were the shock troops of nationwide efforts to suppress the mass demonstrations that broke out after the Floyd police murder in late May.

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