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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
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
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
December 31, 2000 | TERRY McDERMOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whatever else he was, is, or ever will be, for most of the 10 years Rafael Perez was in the Los Angeles Police Department he exemplified the hard-charging ideals the LAPD promotes. He was a good cop--a very good cop, even--who at some point became one of a certain, distinctive other kind of cop. Not an outlaw cop. Not at first. It started, as it usually does, more subtly than that.
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