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June 1, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The final months of the Compton Police Department, defunct for a decade now, are a time that many city residents would rather forget. Police were trying to push the mayor out; the mayor pushed the city's top cop out; and city officials were being heckled at council meetings. All the while, violent crime ravaged the community. Eight people were killed in the two weeks before the vote that brought in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to replace the troubled local police agency.
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May 17, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Angel Jennings and Richard Winton
A former Compton firefighter pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of arson, grand theft and embezzlement in connection with a fire that destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of communications equipment in December 2011. Marcel Melanson, 37, a one-time Compton deputy chief who worked for the department for 15 years and once starred in a reality television series , is accused of stealing radios that were stored at the fire station and selling them on the Internet, then setting a fire to cover up the theft.
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April 26, 1994 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of two unarmed brothers shot to death in their driveway three years ago by a Compton police officer answering a domestic dispute call will receive $4 million to $6 million under a settlement reached Monday with the city of Compton. Charles Evans, Compton's risk manager, said the settlement will be disbursed in a combination of cash payments and annuities. Evans estimated the total payout at $4 million to $5 million, according to the Associated Press.
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June 4, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
As Compton's budget deficit ballooned over the last year, the city was moving forward with an expensive and controversial venture to install a new Compton Police Department. Last June, when the City Council voted to move forward with a $19.5-million venture to revive the municipal police force, the city's reserves were already used up and its general fund nearly $15 million in the red. Over the next 10 months, the city spent at least $1.7 million on preparations to set up a department: more than $1 million on radio equipment, and hundreds of thousands of dollars on consultants who helped the city search for a police chief and plan the logistics.
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December 27, 1994 | Greg Johnson, Times staff writer
A Taste for Safety: The Compton Police Department is playing chicken this holiday season with a little help from Irvine-based El Pollo Loco. "Good drivers usually do not get rewards for their safe driving," Police Chief Hourie L. Taylor said. "The public's perception of being stopped by the police is usually negative, with the receipt of a traffic citation as the result."
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May 12, 1992
Cmdr. Hourie Taylor, acting chief of the Compton Police Department, said Monday that his 140-member department plans to go on alert when a verdict is announced in the trial of Alfred Skiles Jr., a police officer charged in the shooting deaths of two Samoan brothers. The jury was in its third day of deliberations in the case against Skiles, the first law enforcement officer in a decade in Los Angeles County to be charged in a killing.
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May 12, 1999
A nine-year veteran of the Compton Police Department will face a termination hearing now that he has been charged with having unlawful consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl, officials said Tuesday. The patrol officer, Ed'ourd Peters, 37, has been accused of twice having sex with a runaway in a local motel March 31. The patrol officer pleaded innocent to the charge in court and was ordered held on $125,000 bail.
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March 4, 1998 | GREG SANDOVAL
A 16-year-old boy was killed and three of his companions, including David Hamilton, a senior and standout player on Compton High's basketball team, were wounded, one critically, in a drive-by shooting Tuesday afternoon in Compton, police said. The dead boy's name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. He was pronounced dead at Martin Luther King Hospital.
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February 26, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Compton police officer was charged with five counts of theft Tuesday for allegedly stopping motorists while on duty, asking for their wallets and then stealing their money. Charmagne Yvonne Drew, 25, is expected to surrender this morning at the Compton police station. On Tuesday, the district attorney's office issued a warrant for her arrest. Drew was a rookie officer who had been with the Compton Police Department for less than a year when the alleged thefts began in August, 1991.
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March 17, 1988
Calling for a crackdown against illegal activities in their neighborhoods, a group of about 40 Compton residents appeared at the City Council meeting Tuesday to express their concerns.
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December 23, 2010 | By Abby Sewell and Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has launched an aggressive campaign against Compton's plans to reestablish its own police department ? an action that some city officials view as unwelcome outside interference. Baca told the City Council on Tuesday night that the city cannot afford to run its own police agency. His department also has made the unusual move of setting up a website that urges citizens to oppose the plan. "I believe the Compton Police Department could come back," Baca told the council.
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August 13, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Discontented Compton residents announced Thursday that they have launched a recall campaign against their mayor and several other elected officials, citing allegations of misappropriation of public funds, nepotism and voter deception. Activists said Mayor Eric J. Perrodin, Councilwoman Lillie Dobson, City Atty. Craig J. Cornwell and City Clerk Alita Godwin have been served notices of intent to circulate a recall petition. "We have been watching and telling people what's going on," said Joyce Kelly, a recall organizer.
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June 17, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
The city of Compton owes the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department $5.7 million for law enforcement services and an additional $100,000 in late fees for failing to pay its bill, authorities said. Compton's financial problems come as the city plans to eliminate its contract with the Sheriff's Department and reorganize its own police force. The city already has put away almost $20 million for startup costs. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Compton has ignored verbal and written requests from the department for payment.
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June 1, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The final months of the Compton Police Department, defunct for a decade now, are a time that many city residents would rather forget. Police were trying to push the mayor out; the mayor pushed the city's top cop out; and city officials were being heckled at council meetings. All the while, violent crime ravaged the community. Eight people were killed in the two weeks before the vote that brought in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to replace the troubled local police agency.
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November 29, 2004 | Andrew Wang, Times Staff Writer
Four years after disbanding its own beleaguered police force, Compton is renewing its police services contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for five years. Violent crime statistics have dropped significantly since the Sheriff's Department took over, authorities say, and some residents say they feel safer. Lorraine Cervantes, a community activist who criticized the changeover from the Compton Police Department, said: "Most of us believe they're doing a good job."
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February 23, 2003 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
As they have for 10 years, young and old officers arrived in Compton on Saturday night to honor two of their own murdered on a rain-slick night in 1993. More than 100 former Compton police officers, many retired or now working at other departments, joined residents and family members to remember Officers Kevin Michael Burrell, 29, and James Wayne MacDonald, 23, who were killed on Feb. 22, 1993, during a traffic stop at Rosecrans and Dwight avenues -- the site of Saturday's vigil.
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October 24, 1990
Helicopters from the Compton Police Department and the Sheriff's Department collided Monday evening over an unincorporated area, but none of the four officers aboard were hurt, authorities said. The helicopters "brushed against each other" at 7:45 p.m. between 500 and 1,000 feet over 139th and McKinley streets, with each suffering minor damage to its tail rotor. Both landed safely.
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March 16, 1991
The FBI has launched an investigation into the shooting deaths of two unarmed Samoan brothers by a Compton police officer, officials announced. The federal agency began the investigation last Tuesday, the same day that more than 400 protesters marched around the Compton police station and City Hall, demanding a criminal investigation of the month-old incident. The Feb.
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November 3, 2000 | JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the last four months, two police agencies and 14 investigators have examined every inch of Gary Beverly's life and found nothing suspicious. No bitter neighbors. No alienated friends. No disgruntled students. No old secrets. No new grudges. Nothing that might explain who shot the beloved Lynwood school administrator June 28 as he drove in heavy traffic on a Gardena Freeway offramp in Compton. "We have very little to go on," said Lt.
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September 13, 2000
The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a four-year contract for the Sheriff's Department to patrol Compton, one of the county's most violent cities. Under the compact, Compton's 113-member police force will be relieved of duty shortly before midnight Saturday. Replacing those officers will be 175 sheriff's personnel, including 24 sergeants and 102 deputies. Of those 102 deputies, 77 will be exclusively dedicated to work within the Compton city limits.
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