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Did an L.A. Sheriff Deputy Kill a Teenager as Part of Police Gang Initiation?

HeadlineSep 03, 2020

The family of a Salvadoran American teenager shot dead in June has sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department over his killing. Eighteen-year-old Andres Guardado died after being shot in the back five times. Guardado was working as a security guard at an auto body shop in Gardena when two officers approached him. One of his co-workers says Guardado became scared and started running away after an officer drew a gun. A whistleblower within the Sheriff’s Department says the deputy who shot Guardado was a prospective member of a violent police gang within the department known as the Executioners. The whistleblower, Art Gonzalez, said earlier this summer, “Members become inked as 'Executioners' after executing members of the public, or otherwise committing acts of violence in furtherance of the gang.”

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