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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2000
After weeks of dealing with the aftermath of the LAPD Rampart corruption scandal, two Los Angeles City Council members Wednesday introduced motions aimed at restoring the public's trust in the Police Department. Councilman Mike Feuer wants the department to explore the possibility of having officers wear small video cameras to record their interactions with the public.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The district attorney's office, responding to a Los Angeles Police Department assertion that access to Rafael Perez is being limited, will grant police an interview with the Rampart informant as early as today. A spokeswoman for Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti said Sunday that Perez, the disgraced former officer at the center of the Rampart corruption scandal, is scheduled to be interviewed by LAPD Internal Affairs investigators today or Wednesday, depending on the availability of his attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anyone parachuting into Los Angeles recently might have deduced that Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti is up against a tough, well-connected opponent as he heads into a November runoff for reelection. But Police Chief Bernard C. Parks is not running against Garcetti, appearances to the contrary. Garcetti's actual challenger, Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2000
A Superior Court judge on Thursday overturned six more convictions tainted by alleged misconduct by officers from the LAPD's Rampart Division. The court action brings to 46 the number of cases dismissed in the ongoing corruption scandal, district attorney's officials said. The latest round of reversals involved drug and weapons charges against three adults and three people who were juveniles at the time they were arrested by Rampart anti-gang officers from 1996 through 1997.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2000 | JIM NEWTON and TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a shift thick with political significance, Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn on Tuesday broke with the city's police chief and mayor and announced that he now favors the creation of an independent commission to investigate the Rampart corruption scandal. Hahn said he was moved by frustration with the feuding between Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti and Police Chief Bernard C. Parks, and he recommended that the city reach out to former Secretary of State Warren M.
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March 22, 2000 | JIM NEWTON and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles district attorney's office has identified 28 potentially evidentiary items--including videotapes, audiotapes, shooting reports and interviews--that Los Angeles police officers, acting on orders from their superiors, allegedly refused to let prosecutors see or copy, according to confidential documents obtained by The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2000
A City Council committee Monday passed a motion urging the U.S. Department of Justice to form a task force comprised of investigators and prosecutors probing the alleged criminal activities of LAPD officers assigned to Rampart Division's anti-gang unit. The three-member Public Safety Committee agreed that the Justice Department should establish a group of federal, state and local law enforcement officials assigned to investigate and prosecute cases related to the scandal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2000 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. General Accounting Office will investigate allegations that INS agents working to combat street gangs were guilty of collusion with Los Angeles Police Department officers involved in the Rampart Division scandal, congressional spokesmen said Thursday. A GAO spokesman, however, offered few details on the probe's focus. He said it would address issues raised by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The politics of police corruption make strange bedfellows. Witness the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. In one corner is Supervisor Mike Antonovich--pillar of the local conservative Republican community, reserve cop, staunch supporter of police and proponent of denying government services to illegal immigrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2000 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Numerous activists, attorneys and residents called for an outside review of the LAPD at a raucous Los Angeles Police Commission hearing Tuesday night, the first of six public meetings seeking input on the LAPD's own report on the Rampart scandal. The report by the department's Board of Inquiry "is no more than a small first step toward airing serious problems that affect everyone who lives in Los Angeles. . . ." said Shawn McDougal, a member of The Coalition for Police Accountability.
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