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L.A. Sheriff's Deputy Gang Under Investigation

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Seven deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff's gang unit were put on paid leave today because they are suspected of forming an internal gang of their own that celebrates shootings and wears matching skull tattoos.

The gang of deputies, who called themselves the "Jump Out Boys," were discovered a few weeks ago when one of them forgot to put away a pamphlet describing their creed and a supervisor found it, according to the Los Angeles Times. Oops.

The captain of the division asked for the members of the deputy gang to step forward. One of them confessed and dropped names for the other six. A spokesperson for the department, Steve Whitmore, confirmed that the men were placed on leave, reports City News Service, but would not comment further on details.

Now an investigation is underway to determine what sorts of misconduct were carried out by the clique and if they violated department policies.

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