A federal class-action lawsuit against a group of wealthy middle-aged surfers in the Los Angeles area seeks to have the group labeled a gang and accuses the city and police department of Palos Verdes Estates of turning a blind eye to the group's violent, criminal behavior.
Police Officer Cory Spencer, who works in nearby El Segundo and is a surfer himself, and surfer and filmmaker Diana Milena Reed brought the suit on behalf of those who have allegedly been unlawfully excluded from enjoying the waves at Lunada Bay for years.
The suit alleges that a group of surfers known as the Lunada Bay Boys acts as a gang with its own turf within the city, engaging in offenses that include assault, battery, vandalism, intimidation, and harassment. It also suggests the men use a stone and wood fort they built on the beach to sell and use illegal drugs and as a base of their general criminal activities.
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