Tattoo in sheriff’s deputy clique may have celebrated shootings, sources say: One Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, who has admitted belonging to a clique called the “Jump Out Boys,” has identified about half a dozen other members, one source confirmed.
Investigators suspect that smoke is tattooed over the gun’s barrel after a member is involved in a shooting. […] One source compared the notion of modifying the tattoo after a shooting to a celebratory “high five.”
Celebrating shootings and sporting matching tattoos were hallmarks of anti-gang officers in the LAPD’s troubled Rampart Division in the late 1990s. […] In fact, the tattoo allegedly embraced by the Jump Out Boys is reminiscent of the one inked on Rampart officers, which consisted of a grinning skull in a cowboy hat with pairs of aces and eights fanned out in the background.
[…] What investigators are most concerned about with the Jump Out Boys isn’t the alleged matching tattoos, but the suspected admiration they show for shootings. Officer-involved shootings are expected to be events of last resort.