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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1993 | MICHELE FUETSCH
The Inglewood Police Department has released a description of the suspect and new details of the shootout Tuesday night between a would-be robber and the city's police chief, Oliver M. Thompson. Thompson, a bicycling enthusiast, was riding along Manchester Boulevard on his way home from a City Council meeting. About 10:30 p.m., as he reached West Boulevard, a car carrying at least two people struck him from behind, knocking him from his bicycle.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1994 | TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight Inglewood police officers were suspended Wednesday after an internal investigation uncovered an illegal bookmaking operation that had gone on for several years, police and city officials said. The officers, described only as veteran members of the 201-officer force, were relieved of duty, said Police Chief Oliver M. Thompson. More officers could have participated in the sports-betting operation, as well as people outside the department involved in organized crime, Thompson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1994 | GORDON DILLOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An investigation that began with an anonymous letter signed "Suzi Q." has resulted in one Inglewood police officer being fired and 14 being suspended for their alleged roles in an illegal bookmaking operation involving an outside bookie and thousands of dollars in sports betting, officials said Tuesday. The district attorney's office will decide whether to file any criminal charges in connection with the alleged gambling ring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1992 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on Thursday unveiled results of a 10-week operation in Inglewood and parts of Los Angeles during which police seized 168 guns and made at least 145 arrests of people they described as violent career criminals. Although the federal agents and their local counterparts acknowledged that the confiscated weapons represent only a fraction of the estimated thousands on the streets, they said the seizures mean that lives have been saved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1992
A number of South Bay cities reported fires and looting in connection with last week's riots in Los Angeles. Here's a summary of the damage, and how city officials are reacting: INGLEWOOD Deaths: 1 Injuries: 5 Arrests: 312 Fires: 28 Damage: $10 million Quote: "We were fighting back and where we could see (the looters) we were chasing them."--Inglewood Police Chief Oliver M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1993 | MICHELE FUETSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The streets are mean, even for police chiefs, as Inglewood Chief Oliver M. Thompson learned the hard way Tuesday night in a shootout with an armed robber. Thompson is a bicycling enthusiast who pedals to and from the police station every day. He was on his way home from a City Council meeting when a car drove into the back of his bicycle, knocking him to the ground. An armed man jumped from the passenger side of the car and demanded that the chief surrender his backpack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1993 | MICHELE FUETSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The streets are mean, even for police chiefs, as Inglewood Chief Oliver M. Thompson learned the hard way Tuesday night in a shootout with an armed robber. Thompson is a bicycling enthusiast who pedals to and from the police station every day. He was on his way home from a City Council meeting when a car drove into the back of his bicycle, knocking him to the ground. An armed man jumped from the passenger side of the car and demanded that the chief surrender his backpack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1992 | MICHELE FUETSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oliver M. Thompson, one of six deputy chiefs with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, takes over as Inglewood's new police chief later this month with the reputation as a hands-on administrator well respected by the officers in the field. Take, for example, his attitude toward the annual job evaluations that the 700 people working under him receive each year.
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February 3, 1994 | LISA RICHARDSON and GORDON DILLOW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While anguished parents mourned their dead children and fearful Inglewood residents altered their daily routines to avoid violence, the Inglewood City Council posted a $25,000 reward for the killers responsible for two nights of unprecedented gang violence last week. Eleven people were gunned down and five of them, including a 2-year-old girl and a 14-year-old cheerleader, were killed.
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