'Police Gang' Probed in LA
Seven suspected members of 'Jump Up Boys' placed on leave
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2012 2:28 AM CDT
Updated May 17, 2012 2:49 AM CDT
This is the tattoo believed to be worn by members of the Jump of Boys.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Seven deputies suspected of belonging to a "police gang" that supports street crime crackdowns backed by shootings have been suspended from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, according to officials. The so-called "Jump Up Boys" apparently operated like a squad within a squad, with members believed to sport similar tattoos and cheer on aggressive policing, investigators believe. Officials were alerted to the existence of the Jump Up Boys when a supervisor found a pamphlet for the crew that lauded shootings by cops, reports the Los Angeles Times. One member eventually came forward and identified others.

The suspended deputies all work in the city's Gang Enforcement Unit. The Jump Up Boys' tattoo features a skull with glowing red eyes pointing a gun, according to the Times. Investigators suspect that smoke may be added to the tattoo if an officer fires his gun on the job. Despite the group's aggressive position, there's no evidence at this point that members have been involved in anything illegal or in improper shootings. The deputies have been placed on leave until an investigation is completed. Last year the department fired six deputies who were members of an aggressive clique known as the "3000" operating in the Men's Central Jail. They were canned when they brawled with other deputies at a Christmas party.

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Redtopp
May 18, 2012 9:13 AM CDT
Vigilantes huh? Funny how they couldn't keep their 'gang' (alleged) a secret -- not very good police work if you ask ME! Rogue cops have always been around--and will always be around as long as the police 'police themselves' things like this will take place! So what did they actually do? Guess too much (Chas. Bronson aka Paul Kersey (Death Wish 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) has been on cable lately ...
slammer
May 17, 2012 10:05 PM CDT
TAKES A GANG TO KILL A GANG!
Fatquah
May 17, 2012 10:04 AM CDT
YAY! Multiculturalism! Bring on MORE!