Crime & Justice

Rehired deputy Mandoyan has the tatoo of 'Grim Reapers' clique

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva at the Jan. 4, 2019 graduation ceremony for the Sheriff's Academy class at East Los Angeles College.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva at the Jan. 4, 2019 graduation ceremony for the Sheriff's Academy class at East Los Angeles College.
Kyle Grillot for LAist

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Civil Service Commission records revealed that Mandoyan acknowledged having the tatoo, which marks members of a clique at the South L.A. sheriff's station where he once served. The Grim Reapers is one of a number of deputy cliques, some of which have engaged in violence. Sheriff Alex Villanueva has downplayed concerns about violence, saying the problem is mainly "hazing run amok."