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By Los Angeles Daily News | July 16, 1991
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.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced Friday the creation of a new unit to oversee internal affairs, audits and the writing of police procedures, a move he hopes will strengthen public confidence in his agency. Jeronimo "Jerry" Rodriguez, a 26-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran, was named deputy commissioner in charge of the new Bureau of Professional Standards. Rodriguez will report directly to Batts and joins Deputy Commissioner John Skinner at the top level of Batts' staff.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 25, 1999
LOS ANGELES -- The FBI launched an investigation yesterday into last week's fatal shooting of a mentally ill homeless woman by a Los Angeles police officer.Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gennaco said he asked for the investigation to determine whether the Los Angeles Police Department officer used excessive force or violated the 54-year-old woman's civil rights."The allegations that have been made in this case warrant a federal investigation," Gennaco said.Margaret Laverne Mitchell, a 5-foot-1-inch, 102-pound woman who had lived on the streets for the past several years, was shot once in the chest Friday after she allegedly lunged at an officer with a 13-inch screwdriver.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
Anthony W. Batts has made his first personnel move as Baltimore police commissioner, hiring a communications consultant who has worked for police departments in the United States and Canada to serve as his chief of staff.  Judy Pal, a native of Canada who runs a consulting firm called 10-8 Communications , will start Oct. 1. The position had been left vacant under former Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.  According to her website...
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By Los Angeles Daily News | April 6, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Many of the 450 people who called th Rumor Control Hotline yesterday asked whether Los Angeles would be safe when verdicts are announced in the civil rights trial involving Rodney King.Hot line workers tried to assuage callers' fears on the hot line's first day by providing a patient ear and information about police readiness."When we end the conversation, people tell us: 'Thank you. I feel better now,' " said Niki Tennant, spokeswoman for Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores, whose office is running the hot line.
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By New York Times News Service | July 13, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- Amid growing signs that political support fo Police Chief Daryl F. Gates is eroding in the aftermath of a report on racism and brutality in his department, two of his staunchest supporters on the City Council said yesterday that he would retire by the end of the year.While Chief Gates' own comments yesterday were ambiguous, the two supporters -- John Ferraro, the council president, and Joel Wachs, a council member -- said the chief had agreed to an "orderly process" of change under which they would propose a special election in November or December to ask voters to limit the tenure of police chiefs to two five-year terms.
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By LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS | February 16, 1997
LOS ANGELES -- The trail to the killer of Ennis Cosby is growing faint. The outrage over his death has been muted by time, in a city where more than two slayings occur every day.Exactly a month ago, the son of comedian Bill Cosby was shot to death off a freeway off-ramp in the Santa Monica Mountains, as he changed a flat tire on his Mercedes-Benz. Since then, detectives say, they have made little progress in finding the killer, despite some 500 phoned-in tips and hundreds of thousands of dollars offered as a reward.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
Anthony W. Batts has made his first personnel move as Baltimore police commissioner, hiring a communications consultant who has worked for police departments in the United States and Canada to serve as his chief of staff.  Judy Pal, a native of Canada who runs a consulting firm called 10-8 Communications , will start Oct. 1. The position had been left vacant under former Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.  According to her website...
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By Los Angeles Times | October 18, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Roused by the announcement of partial verdicts in the Reginald O. Denny beating trial, a wary and weary city was bracing itself for the closing chapter in the tumultuous trial of two men accused of beating the trucker and others in South-Central Los Angeles.Superior Court Judge John W. Ouderkirk was expected today to accept and make public nine of the verdicts reached by the jury so far in deliberations on 15 total charges against defendants Henry Keith Watson and Damian Monroe Williams.
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By The Christian Science Monitor | February 1, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- In the Dodger Stadium parking lot here, three speeding police cars screech to a halt beside a bandage-wrapped dummy. The cars disgorge six gun-wielding officers who retrieve the dummy, then exit, sirens blaring.With preparations such as these new victim-rescue exercises by the Los Angeles Police Department, this city is bracing itself for its biggest test of community, police and race relations since the Los Angeles riots last spring.That test is scheduled to start Wednesday with the federal civil trial of four white officers accused in the beating of black motorist Rodney King on March 3, 1991.
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By Richard Winton and Richard Winton,Los Angeles Times | January 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES -- To the dismay of some city leaders, a gun company is marketing a line of high-end pistols named for the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Investigation Section, an elite group of plainclothes detectives with a history of fatally shooting suspects. The guns were created for the undercover unit at the LAPD's request. Kimber, a Yonkers, N.Y.-based gun maker, is marketing a slightly modified version to the public, touting the weapons as the "hot new SIS pistols" on its Web site.
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By Bob Pool and Bob Pool,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 17, 2004
LOS ANGELES - He speaks only an obscure tribal dialect found in a corner of Vietnam's Pleiku district. So for nearly a month, a homesick Vietnamese refugee stranded at Los Angeles International Airport slept on airport benches and spent his days silently dreaming of getting out of Los Angeles. Then the man yearning to see relatives in one of Vietnam's Montagnard villages was embraced by an unexpected "family" - airport police, airline employees and others who work at Tom Bradley International Terminal and offered him food and shelter.
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By Kim Murphy and Kim Murphy,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 18, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - Look out, cops. Somebody gave Mark Fuhrman a microphone and 5,000 watts of broadcasting power. Twice a week, the Los Angeles Police Department's most famous former detective goes on KXLY-AM with his two-hour news radio call-in program, All About Crime, and if criminals think they're in for it, wait till you hear what he has to say about the police. This week: the Chandra Levy case and Rep. Gary A. Condit. "Washington, D.C. - it's not the place you want to be investigated if you're dead," Fuhrman declared.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 15, 1999
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti and Public Defender Michael Judge have vastly increased their estimates of the number of convictions that need to be reviewed as a result of the city police scandal, and both now say they will need more resources to handle what could be more than 3,000 questionable cases."
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 25, 1999
LOS ANGELES -- The FBI launched an investigation yesterday into last week's fatal shooting of a mentally ill homeless woman by a Los Angeles police officer.Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gennaco said he asked for the investigation to determine whether the Los Angeles Police Department officer used excessive force or violated the 54-year-old woman's civil rights."The allegations that have been made in this case warrant a federal investigation," Gennaco said.Margaret Laverne Mitchell, a 5-foot-1-inch, 102-pound woman who had lived on the streets for the past several years, was shot once in the chest Friday after she allegedly lunged at an officer with a 13-inch screwdriver.
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By LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS | February 16, 1997
LOS ANGELES -- The trail to the killer of Ennis Cosby is growing faint. The outrage over his death has been muted by time, in a city where more than two slayings occur every day.Exactly a month ago, the son of comedian Bill Cosby was shot to death off a freeway off-ramp in the Santa Monica Mountains, as he changed a flat tire on his Mercedes-Benz. Since then, detectives say, they have made little progress in finding the killer, despite some 500 phoned-in tips and hundreds of thousands of dollars offered as a reward.
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By Richard Winton and Richard Winton,Los Angeles Times | January 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES -- To the dismay of some city leaders, a gun company is marketing a line of high-end pistols named for the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Investigation Section, an elite group of plainclothes detectives with a history of fatally shooting suspects. The guns were created for the undercover unit at the LAPD's request. Kimber, a Yonkers, N.Y.-based gun maker, is marketing a slightly modified version to the public, touting the weapons as the "hot new SIS pistols" on its Web site.
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April 29, 1991
With the televised scene of the vicious, race-related beating of a Los Angeles motorist by police still lingering in the national consciousness, charges of similar police brutality anywhere are news. Such charges have been lodged against the Baltimore County Police Department by Rev. W. James Favorite, president of the Coalition of African-American Organizations.Reverend Favorite says he has asked the state attorney general and the U.S. Department of Justice to look into an alleged police beating of a suspect in Woodlawn.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1997
WASHINGTON -- On a spring day in 1993, Anna Deavere Smith's search for American character took her to a lawyer's office in Los Angeles where she spoke to Reginald Denny, a white trucker beaten unconscious a year before in uprisings following the Rodney King police brutality trial. As usual, she switched on her tape recorder, asked questions, listened. It's remarkable, she says, how it's possible to discover something profound about someone in a short time.In this case, it happened near the end of the hour-long interview, when Smith asked Denny: "What do you want?"
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By Joseph D. McNamara | September 24, 1995
Citizens are having trouble distinguishing the good guys from the bad. Retired Los Angeles Police Department Detective Mark Fuhrman spouts venomous racism and brags to an aspiring screenwriter about torturing, beating and framing suspects.Cops across the country murder people, pull armed robberies while in uniform, sell dope, steal drug-buy money, shake down criminals, accept bribes and falsify evidence against criminal defendants. The standard defense coming from law enforcement is that only a relative handful of the 400,000 cops nationwide go bad.For several reasons, the public is not reassured.
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