October 4, 2000 |
Federal investigators are preparing to search a garbage-strewn hillside near downtown Tijuana for the graves of three people who an informant claims were buried there by former Los Angeles Police Department officers Rafael Perez and David Mack, law enforcement sources confirmed Tuesday. The search, expected to occur within days, is part of an ongoing federal investigation aimed at corroborating the allegations of 23-year-old Sonia Flores, Perez's former lover.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2000
"Battle Against Bad Cops Isn't Fought Only in L.A." (May 28) provides an important perspective on a problem that may be best solved at the national level. Many countries, including Canada and Great Britain, enjoy the protection and efficiency of a national police force, making corruption in individual locales much harder to hide and multiplying the law enforcement capacities of each. The cost savings of shared administrative functions, including training, personnel review and the building, maintenance and use of databases (especially DNA, where the U.S. is so far behind countries like Great Britain)
March 4, 1990 |
Detective Sgt. Michael Drury was feeding his child when two gunshots tore through the kitchen window and into his stomach and shoulder. Drury, an undercover agent of the New South Wales police, the largest force in Australia, survived. The bullet missed his heart after deflecting off a curtain rod. Five years later, questions about the shooting remain unanswered amid allegations of police corruption, treachery and deception.
December 16, 2001 |
Aaron Patterson is a death row inmate who claims police officers punched him and suffocated him with a plastic typewriter cover 15 years ago to extract a false confession in the killings of an elderly couple. A few years ago, Patterson's claims might have been dismissed. But beginning Monday, his claims will get a new hearing under orders from the Illinois Supreme Court.
November 30, 2000 |
Osiel Cardenas was a cop with dreams. He was a lowly police communications specialist who wanted the fame and fortune won by other law enforcement officials in this city bordering Texas. So, say authorities, he followed their path: He became a drug trafficker. Cardenas is now a top target of U.S. authorities, not only for drug charges but for allegedly threatening two American agents at gunpoint in Matamoros--then throwing a party to celebrate.
October 6, 1990 |
More than 1,000 people angered by alleged police corruption took to the streets of a crime-ridden neighborhood in Osaka, burning barricades and pelting Japanese riot police with firebombs and rocks. At least 106 people, including 83 police officers, have been injured in several days of violence. The run-down neighborhood is known for its gangs, transient laborers and shabby hotels.