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On the street gangs of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.


We've seen deputy gang members, with tattoos, reach the second-in-command of the department... And Lee Baca was affiliated with several deputy gangs members, and he was the sheriff for over 10 years before he was indicted... That hasn't been any kind of deterrent to these deputy gang members, because many of the members are still in the department today, and they get promoted, and they receive bonuses, and they get the choice assignments that are craved by all in the department.

Journalist Cerise Castle on her investigative series A Tradition of Violence: The History of Deputy Gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for Knock LA.

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Cerise Castle

Cerise Castle is a Los Angeles-based multimedia journalist specializing in arts & culture, civil rights, crime, and human interest stories.


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