In the first of what are expected to be many departures from the top levels of the Los Angeles Police Department, Assistant Chief David Gascon announced Thursday that he is leaving the force after 31 years.
Best known as the face of the department during the murder investigation of O.J. Simpson, Gascon appeared before a gathering of several dozen department officials, including new Chief William J. Bratton.
"He has served this organization honorably," Bratton said. "He has seen the best of times, the worst of times. He has helped to position the department to move beyond the worst of times."
Gascon's announcement comes days after Bratton dressed down top commanders at a staff meeting, insisting on absolute loyalty to his vision for the LAPD, including top-to-bottom reform and open exchange of information with the public and media.