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Thu May 30, 2024, 12:43 AM May 30

Lawsuit alleges deputy gang 'shot-caller' boasted about gruesome death of fleeing suspect [View all]


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Six years ago, a plumber found the decomposing body of Raymundo Rivera inside a pillar at a Winco supermarket in Lancaster. At the time, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said the 35-year-old appeared to have fled during a traffic stop and may have “gotten inside there and gotten down to try and hide from the deputies and then couldn’t get out.”

But according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court, former Deputy Aaron Tanner later boasted that he and other deputies had chased Rivera — and that they knew he’d fallen into the pillar. Instead of trying to save him, the suit says, “the deputies left him there to die, and made false reports that they lost track of the suspect in the pursuit.”

The allegations came to light this week when Tanner’s ex-girlfriend filed a $5-million lawsuit accusing him of physically abusing her for more than two years. The woman, who is identified only as Jane Doe in court filings, also alleged the ex-lawman bragged about being a “shot-caller,” or leader, in a deputy gang known as the Rattlesnakes. According to the suit, he also threatened to have other members of the group “take care of her” if she told anyone about his alleged abuse.

Tanner could not be reached for comment Wednesday, and it was not clear whether he had an attorney. State records show he has not been employed by the Sheriff’s Department since late last year.

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Yay cops!!! ret5hd May 30 #1
Yay criminals? TexasDem69 May 30 #2
same diff...different gang - different colors. ret5hd May 30 #3
They're the best! Iggo May 30 #5
Ugly Demovictory9 May 30 #4
Oink! LudwigPastorius May 30 #6
Cops are gangs financed with tax dollars. SamKnause May 30 #7
Oh gosh quick better give LACSD some more money for training WhiskeyGrinder May 30 #8
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