LOS ANGELES — While supporters of the LAPD's Rampart station rallied there Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California called for the creation of an independent commission to look into allegations of corruption there.
In a letter to Mayor Richard Riordan, the ACLU asked that he appoint an independent body immediately, giving it broad investigative and subpoena powers.
"This newest corruption scandal has the potential to undo any progress made in restoring public confidence in the LAPD since the Rodney King beating," said Elizabeth Schroeder, associated director of the ACLU of Southern California.
Investigators are looking into allegations involving the Rampart Division, ranging from illegal shootings and drug dealing to excessive use of force and "code of silence" offenses. Twelve officers have been relieved of duty so far.