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'Jump Out Boys' investigation: 7 sheriff's deputies placed on leave

Los Angeles County Sheriff insignia.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff insignia.

Seven deputies suspected of belonging to an aggressive, secret faction inside the Los Angeles County sheriff's gang unit have been placed on leave, sources confirmed to the L.A. Times on Wednesday.

Suspected members of the clique, the "Jump Out Boys," are said to celebrate shootings and have matching tattoos that are modified based on specific activities. 

The design of the tattoo, confirmed by two sources to the newspaper, reportedly includes an oversize skull with a wide, toothy grimace and glowing red eyes.

The recent discovery of a document, which led to the investigation, suggests "the group embraces shootings as a badge of honor," it was previously reported

One deputy reportedly came forward to admit association with the clique and named others involved.

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'Jump Out Boys' sheriff's clique may have glorified shootings with tattoos

Los Angeles County Sheriff insignia.

Photo vis conner395 via Flickr Creative Commons

Los Angeles County Sheriff insignia.

The investigation into the "Jump Out Boys," thought to be a secret clique of aggressive deputies within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, has turned up allegations that group members "had matching tattoos of a gun-toting skeleton, which deputies would modify to celebrate their involvement in a shooting," says the L.A. Times.

Per the Times:

  • The design of the tattoo, confirmed by two sources, includes an oversize skull with a wide, toothy grimace and glowing red eyes.
  • A bandanna wraps around the skull, imprinted with the letters "OSS" -- representing Operation Safe Streets, the name of the larger unit that the Gang Enforcement Team is part of.
  • A bony hand clasps a revolver. Investigators suspect that smoke is tattooed over the gun's barrel after a member is involved in a shooting. 
  • To the left of the skull are two playing cards -- an ace and an eight -- apparently an allusion to the "dead man's hand" in poker, sources said.

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