An El Segundo police officer who says he has been harassed by a group of surfers known as the Lunada Bay Boys of wealthy Palos Verdes Estates joined other alleged victims to file a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday.
The officer, Cory Spencer, and other plaintiffs are asking a federal judge to prevent members of the gang from congregating at the Bay, one of California most coveted surf breaks.
Additionally, the suit targets the city of Palos Verdes Estates, asking a judge to require the municipality to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by the group of surfers who alleged victims and witnesses have accused of bombarding outsiders with dirt clods, slashing their car tires and assaulting them in the water — sometimes coordinating the attacks with walkie talkies.
“Palos Verdes Estates has a long history of deliberate indifference in not investigating or otherwise policing acts of violence and vandalism against visiting beachgoers,” the suit alleges. “The response is always the same: City leaders acknowledge the problem, promise to do something, and then do little or nothing.”
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