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October 15, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three have been fired and 10 have quit. Nine have been promoted. Two have killed suspects while on duty. And one stands accused of falsifying evidence in a murder case. For most of the 44 Los Angeles Police Department officers labeled "problem officers" in the landmark 1991 Christopher Commission report, the past four years have been tumultuous. The commission said its intention was to illustrate, not define, what it called "the problem of excessive force in the LAPD."
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November 30, 2001 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a federal plea agreement that sends him back to prison for two more years, ex-Los Angeles Police Officer Rafael Perez has agreed to pay full restitution to all the victims of the Rampart corruption scandal and forward any money he receives from telling his story in a book, movie or elsewhere to government entities, including the city of Los Angeles.
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January 15, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters on Tuesday led about 20 angry residents of the Imperial Courts housing project to the Los Angeles Police Commission, where they accused police of continually harassing and abusing tenants in the sprawling complex. "Please call off the dogs," the Los Angeles Democrat told commission members. "Keep them from abusing the people." Waters and the residents alleged that, since the Nov.
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November 8, 2001 | STEVE BERRY SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County prosecutors plan to close their investigation of the LAPD's Rampart scandal without bringing charges against any more officers, Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Wednesday. The final 50 Rampart-related cases will be concluded without prosecution before the end of the year, Cooley said at a news conference held to announce new procedures for dealing with police misconduct allegations. Cooley later amplified on his remarks during an interview. "Is it closing the book? Yeah.
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October 6, 2000 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The sensational revelations emerging from the LAPD's Rampart corruption scandal have sparked a bitter legal debate that promises to alter the landscape of the criminal justice system in Los Angeles County for years to come. At issue is exactly what defense attorneys are entitled to know--and when they are entitled to know it--about the credibility of the police officers who investigate, arrest and testify against their clients.
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March 14, 2001 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Aug. 1, 1988, scores of Los Angeles police officers descended on two apartment buildings on the corner of 39th Street and Dalton Avenue in southwest Los Angeles. It was an all-out search for drugs and a massive show of force designed to deliver a strong message to the gangs.
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February 8, 2000 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ex-Officer Rafael Perez and nearly a dozen other officers in the Los Angeles Police Department's now-notorious Rampart CRASH unit were tattooed with an ominous insignia that some say symbolized their dubious brand of policing. The officers, many of whom have been relieved of duty in connection with the department's ongoing corruption probe, had themselves tattooed with the image of a grinning skull with demonic eyes, several officers involved in the unit said.
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July 12, 2001
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a wrongful-death claim involving a Lakewood man whose condition apparently was not monitored adequately by a paramedic after the man was hogtied by sheriff's deputies. The county counsel's office said an autopsy determined that Victor Cox, 29, died from "excited delirium and cocaine intoxication."
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February 18, 2000 | ANN W. O'NEILL and EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The former Los Angeles police officer who stood guard over a dying bank robber after a running gun battle three years ago in North Hollywood testified Thursday in federal court that he never saw any serious wounds on the suspect's body and didn't know he was fatally hurt.
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May 21, 1991 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three Los Angeles police officers indicted in the Rodney G. King case have told department investigators that they feared for their lives during the beating of the motorist and were ready to shoot him if necessary. The officers' first detailed account of their actions is contained in a comprehensive 314-page Los Angeles Police Department Internal Affairs report on the incident, obtained Monday by The Times.
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October 30, 2001 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying police displayed "gross abuse of authority," a Superior Court judge sentenced a suspended Los Angeles Police Department officer to five years in state prison Monday for shooting an unarmed motorist during a dispute over a traffic citation. Judge William R. Pounders said Ronald Orosco, 32, and his partner "were wrong from the start" in a series of events last year that included Orosco's shooting Charles Beatty, 66, four times in the back.
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October 20, 2001 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A veteran Los Angeles police officer is under investigation for his alleged participation in a prostitution ring that masqueraded as a legitimate escort service, according to court documents. Detectives suspect that Officer Eric Garcia, 37, significantly augmented his LAPD salary by working as a part-time pimp, dispatching prostitutes, including his live-in girlfriend, to Los Angeles area hotels and motels to have sex with customers, according to affidavits filed in support of search warrants.
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August 30, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN and STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An LAPD officer who shot an unarmed motorist in the back after a dispute over a traffic ticket pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony charge of firing at an occupied motor vehicle. Prosecutors said Ronald Orosco, 31, will receive from six months to seven years behind bars when he is sentenced Oct. 29. Without the plea bargain, he could have received 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
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August 30, 2001 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal grand jury has begun hearing testimony about a 1996 police shooting of an unarmed gang member who was paralyzed and wrongly sent to prison by a pair of corrupt Rampart Division officers, according to attorneys and law enforcement sources familiar with the case. At least two LAPD officers have testified before the grand jury in recent weeks about their knowledge of the shooting of Javier Francisco Ovando by disgraced former officers Rafael Perez and Nino Durden. The U.S.
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August 10, 2001 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Demanding that Los Angeles police change their crowd-control tactics, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, charging that the department illegally and brutally stifled protesters' rights to free speech and assembly at last year's Democratic National Convention and a follow-up demonstration in October.
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August 8, 2001 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday ordered police officials and the civilian inspector general to reopen the investigation into a controversial 1999 shooting involving two officers known on the streets of the LAPD's Southeast Division as "Batman and Robin." The commission, following a recommendation by Chief Bernard C.
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June 14, 1996 | DAVID SAVAGE and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a ruling that sends the Rodney G. King police beating case back to Los Angeles for at least one more hearing, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found Thursday that King's "misconduct" and the burden of a double trial justified the lenient, 30-month sentences imposed on two officers found guilty of violating his civil rights.
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April 19, 1991 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An admitted hired killer testified Thursday that he murdered two people on orders from veteran Los Angeles policeman William Leasure and drove the car in a third shooting that he said was paid for by Leasure. Dennis France, 45, testifying under a promise of immunity from prosecution, told jurors that he contacted police after Leasure's 1986 arrest because he got nervous. "Me and Bill (Leasure) had done a lot of things together," France said.
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August 7, 2001 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
To members of the Los Angeles Police Commission, Officer-Involved Shooting No. 14-99 seemed like just another case of a good cop defending himself against a gang member with a gun. A written summary of the case, submitted to the commission by Police Chief Bernard C. Parks, offered no hint of controversy surrounding the confrontation in Southeast Los Angeles.
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July 12, 2001
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a wrongful-death claim involving a Lakewood man whose condition apparently was not monitored adequately by a paramedic after the man was hogtied by sheriff's deputies. The county counsel's office said an autopsy determined that Victor Cox, 29, died from "excited delirium and cocaine intoxication."
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