What is ‘The Reapers’ secret society in the LA County Sheriff’s Department?

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Los Angeles Sheriff's Department vehicle. Credit: Chris Yarzab/CC BY 2.0.

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has repeatedly defended his decision to reinstate deputy Caren Carl Mandoyan, who was fired three years ago for alleged domestic violence and threatening another officer with whom he was in a romantic relationship. Now documents obtained by the L.A. Times reveal the nature of the threats. Mandoyan told her he had “influential friends who could ruin careers in the department.” He was referring to his membership in the Reapers, a secret society in the Sheriff’s Department. It’s not the only secret society in the department.