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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2000 | ANN O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the first Rampart police corruption trial gets underway today, the star prosecution witness says he won't answer questions about murder allegations made by a former girlfriend unless prosecutors guarantee he is covered by his immunity agreement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1999 | MATT LAIT
The Los Angeles Police Department was rocked by its worst corruption scandal in six decades, one that promises to continue unfolding into the new year. The investigation, fueled by the testimony of former officer turned informant Rafael Perez, includes allegations that officers in the LAPD's Rampart Division were involved in improper shootings, evidence planting, false arrests, witness intimidation, beatings, theft, drug dealing and perjury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2000
The case of a Los Angeles police officer who was to have learned his punishment Wednesday for misconduct during an arrest was postponed until July 24 pending a ruling on a defense motion. LAPD Officer Humberto Tovar was found guilty Monday on allegations involving a 1996 drug arrest he made with then-Officer Rafael Perez. Perez now alleges that their suspect, Toby Semick, was framed.
OPINION
May 28, 2000
How can the media and others blame Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti for the Rampart scandal? His only mistake was trusting sworn officers' testimony. The fault lies within the Police Department and the city attorney. The scandal had its roots in the chiefs of police from William Parker through Daryl Gates and a do-nothing Willie Williams, and has been exacerbated by the arrogance of Bernard Parks. Put the blame and install corrective measures in the departmental command and demand oversight and control by a proactive Police Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2001 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge said Thursday he believes corrupt ex-LAPD Officer Rafael Perez should be a free man under the plea agreement he reached with prosecutors, but must remain in custody longer because of a series of technical errors and misjudgments. At the urging of the district attorney's office and state and county lawyers, Judge Robert J. Perry reluctantly ordered that Perez be immediately transferred to a state prison to finish serving his sentence.
NEWS
February 27, 2000 | MIKE DOWNEY
It was late last September when the Los Angeles cop who sullied the badge and turned stoolie, Rafael A. Perez, explained what made him want to be a police officer in the first place. Having grown up in Philadelphia watching '70s cops-and-robbers television fiction such as "Adam 12" and "CHiPs," Perez once told Times reporters in a phone interview from the L.A.
NEWS
October 14, 2000 | ANN W. O'NEILL and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The first Rampart police corruption trial got underway Friday with prosecutors telling the court they would not give Rafael Perez immunity in an ongoing murder investigation and saying they might not even call as a witness the rogue-cop-turned-informant whose confessions triggered the scandal. Legal authorities said the development was a blow to the prosecution of this and possibly other cases against police officers implicated by Perez.
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