L.A. police report

July 16, 1991|By Los Angeles Daily News

All police departments are bound to end up with some bad apples. But what was most chilling about the report [on the Los Angeles Police Department] wasn't that such officers existed, but how well they were treated. The department frequently failed to investigate plausible accusations against officers. Even when did find wrongdoing, officers often escaped any real punishment. It is [Police Chief Daryl] Gates, after all, who over the past 13 years failed to set policies to discourage violence and bigotry by his officers. From the top came the message that police misbehavior would be tolerated.

The only reason Gates has for hanging on is to salve his own ego. Sadly, that huge creature is being massaged at the expense of the many men and women in blue who want a department that respects the people of Los Angeles and is respected by them in turn.

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