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November 26, 1995
I sincerely believe that a person designed and who lived as Jesse Brewer did would be on his ascension rather than the death we mourn. I met Jesse when he was my sergeant at 77th Division in the early 1960s. Of all the sergeants I then worked for, two stood out throughout my career; Jesse was one of them. At a time when political and civil unrest was dominant in our society, Jesse kept the calm in many of us. That was just his very pragmatic style. He assisted my thought on civil rights with his fatherly tutoring and counsel.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2000
I began to read Terry McDermott's "Behind the Bunker Mentality" (June 11) with a jaundiced eye but realized that it was, to some extent, fair. The part that always makes me laugh, and a little sad, is when former Los Angeles Police Department command and staff officers blast the department. It seems that these same "leaders" who were once part of the inner sanctum retire and criticize the very system they subjugated themselves to in the quest for higher rank. Where were they when we needed leadership while they were still on the job?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1995
A good man and a fine police officer for all of Los Angeles died Sunday. Over nearly four decades, Jesse A. Brewer rose through the ranks--despite formidable racial and political obstacles--to become assistant chief of the Police Department. The highest-ranking African American in the history of the department at that time, he could have rested on his victories. Instead, he worked hard to improve the troubled LAPD.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1997
In a quiet ceremony attended by more than 250 people, the Los Angeles Police Department formally dedicated the newly remodeled 77th Division in honor of late Assistant Chief Jesse Brewer. The Jesse Brewer Regional Police Facility was named after the man who was the highest-ranking African American in the history of the LAPD when he retired in 1991 after 39 years of service. Brewer died Nov. 19, 1995, of heart failure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1991 | GLENN F. BUNTING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Having withstood one political assault after another over the past four months, Chief Daryl F. Gates now faces perhaps the stiffest challenge yet to his 13-year tenure as head of the Los Angeles Police Department. The naming of one of his former assistant police chiefs, Jesse Brewer, to the city's Police Commission on Wednesday represents the latest in a fast-moving series of developments that collectively have endangered the embattled police chief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1996
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to name the Los Angeles Police Department's new 77th Street police station in honor of Jesse Brewer, the late assistant chief of police. No police station in the city has ever been named for an individual. Brewer, the highest-ranking African American officer in the history of the LAPD when he retired in 1991 after 39 years on the force, died in November at age 74. Known for his integrity, Brewer was widely respected throughout the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1991 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Assistant Police Chief Robert L. Vernon, claiming he is the victim of a "witch hunt," filed a $10-million lawsuit against the city on Monday, demanding a halt to an internal police investigation into whether his conservative religious beliefs conflict with his official LAPD duties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he stood before a room packed with reporters, Jesse A. Brewer--once a top Los Angeles Police Department official and now a nominee for the Police Commission--was asked the inevitable: How would he get along with his old boss, Chief Daryl F. Gates, a man he recently criticized before the Christopher Commission? "The only thing I can say," Brewer replied, "is that Chief Gates and I have been very close for three years. We work very well together, very cooperatively.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2000
I began to read Terry McDermott's "Behind the Bunker Mentality" (June 11) with a jaundiced eye but realized that it was, to some extent, fair. The part that always makes me laugh, and a little sad, is when former Los Angeles Police Department command and staff officers blast the department. It seems that these same "leaders" who were once part of the inner sanctum retire and criticize the very system they subjugated themselves to in the quest for higher rank. Where were they when we needed leadership while they were still on the job?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1997
In a quiet ceremony attended by more than 250 people, the Los Angeles Police Department formally dedicated the newly remodeled 77th Division in honor of late Assistant Chief Jesse Brewer. The Jesse Brewer Regional Police Facility was named after the man who was the highest-ranking African American in the history of the LAPD when he retired in 1991 after 39 years of service. Brewer died Nov. 19, 1995, of heart failure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1996
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to name the Los Angeles Police Department's new 77th Street police station in honor of Jesse Brewer, the late assistant chief of police. No police station in the city has ever been named for an individual. Brewer, the highest-ranking African American officer in the history of the LAPD when he retired in 1991 after 39 years on the force, died in November at age 74. Known for his integrity, Brewer was widely respected throughout the city.
OPINION
November 26, 1995
I sincerely believe that a person designed and who lived as Jesse Brewer did would be on his ascension rather than the death we mourn. I met Jesse when he was my sergeant at 77th Division in the early 1960s. Of all the sergeants I then worked for, two stood out throughout my career; Jesse was one of them. At a time when political and civil unrest was dominant in our society, Jesse kept the calm in many of us. That was just his very pragmatic style. He assisted my thought on civil rights with his fatherly tutoring and counsel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1995
A good man and a fine police officer for all of Los Angeles died Sunday. Over nearly four decades, Jesse A. Brewer rose through the ranks--despite formidable racial and political obstacles--to become assistant chief of the Police Department. The highest-ranking African American in the history of the department at that time, he could have rested on his victories. Instead, he worked hard to improve the troubled LAPD.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jesse A. Brewer, a Los Angeles Police Department assistant chief who became a force for reform of the embattled LAPD in the wake of the beating of Rodney G. King, died Sunday. He was 74. Brewer died of heart failure at 5 a.m. at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan, an LAPD spokesman said. When he retired in 1991 after 39 years of service, Brewer was the highest-ranking African American in the history of the LAPD.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1991 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Assistant Police Chief Robert L. Vernon, claiming he is the victim of a "witch hunt," filed a $10-million lawsuit against the city on Monday, demanding a halt to an internal police investigation into whether his conservative religious beliefs conflict with his official LAPD duties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he stood before a room packed with reporters, Jesse A. Brewer--once a top Los Angeles Police Department official and now a nominee for the Police Commission--was asked the inevitable: How would he get along with his old boss, Chief Daryl F. Gates, a man he recently criticized before the Christopher Commission? "The only thing I can say," Brewer replied, "is that Chief Gates and I have been very close for three years. We work very well together, very cooperatively.
NEWS
July 18, 1991 | JANE FRITSCH and FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Moving to tighten his control over the Los Angeles Police Department, Mayor Tom Bradley on Wednesday appointed to the civilian Police Commission a retired assistant police chief who recently criticized the department's disciplinary practices and the leadership of Chief Daryl F. Gates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jesse A. Brewer, a Los Angeles Police Department assistant chief who became a force for reform of the embattled LAPD in the wake of the beating of Rodney G. King, died Sunday. He was 74. Brewer died of heart failure at 5 a.m. at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan, an LAPD spokesman said. When he retired in 1991 after 39 years of service, Brewer was the highest-ranking African American in the history of the LAPD.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1991 | GLENN F. BUNTING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Having withstood one political assault after another over the past four months, Chief Daryl F. Gates now faces perhaps the stiffest challenge yet to his 13-year tenure as head of the Los Angeles Police Department. The naming of one of his former assistant police chiefs, Jesse Brewer, to the city's Police Commission on Wednesday represents the latest in a fast-moving series of developments that collectively have endangered the embattled police chief.
NEWS
July 18, 1991 | JANE FRITSCH and FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Moving to tighten his control over the Los Angeles Police Department, Mayor Tom Bradley on Wednesday appointed to the civilian Police Commission a retired assistant police chief who recently criticized the department's disciplinary practices and the leadership of Chief Daryl F. Gates.
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