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LA Gang Officers Quit Over Financial Rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of Los Angeles gang officers across the city are quitting their assignments over a requirement to reveal details of their personal finances under strict anti-corruption rules.

Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger said Monday that gang units in some of the city's most violent neighborhoods are being left with multiple vacancies, with officers instead working regular patrol shifts.

One of the affected areas is the city's northeast division, which includes territory controlled by the notorious Avenues gang around Highland Park.

Most of the division's anti-gang unit has chosen to leave and return to patrol, resulting in an unspecified number of vacancies.

Paysinger and other police officials stressed the reassignments would not effect public safety.

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