LA deputy group under investigation

April 20, 2012 at 1:16 AM

LOS ANGELES, April 20 (UPI) -- Investigators say a group of sheriff's deputies in Los Angeles County may be encouraging its members to use their guns on the job.

The Los Angeles Times, citing sources within the department it did not name, said the group is known as the Jump Out Boys.

Investigators say they have discovered a code of conduct for the group that appears to regard officer-involved shootings as a mark of distinction.

The investigation is targeting the Gang Enforcement Unit, the Times said.

Other cliques or factions in the department have been uncovered, some of them operating like street gangs. Several deputies who had allegedly formed a "3000" faction on the third floor of the Men's Central Jail were fired last year for fighting other deputies at a Christmas party.

Investigators told the Times the "3000" group had an initiation requirement -- breaking an inmate's bones.

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