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Rafael Perez

CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2000
Joseph Paggi's division of Los Angeles residents into "violent and lawless gangsters" and "law-abiding citizens"is exactly the attitude that got the Rampart cops into trouble (letter, Nov. 19). The Bill of Rights in this country applies to all. It is not for police officers to personally decide who is "good," and therefore must be treated according to constitutional law, and who is "bad" and can therefore be deprived of his civil rights. It is hypocritical for police officers to see themselves as above the law and therefore entitled to violate it when convenient.
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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
November 14, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disgraced former police officer Rafael Perez got a cut lip in a fistfight with his cellmates over what television show to watch, officials said Monday. The anti-gang officer who unleashed the Rampart scandal a year ago apparently wanted to watch "COPS" on Saturday night, authorities said. His cellmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood did not.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles man whose drug conviction was overturned after he spent more than seven years in jail, on Tuesday filed the latest lawsuit growing out of the Los Angeles Police Department's ongoing scandal. Russell E. Newman, 42, charges that the city of Los Angeles violated his civil rights when former LAPD Officer Rafael Perez and other officers in the department's anti-gang unit allegedly framed him in 1991 on charges of selling cocaine.
OPINION
November 19, 2000
Re "3 Rampart Officers Convicted of Corruption; 4th Found Not Guilty," Nov. 16: If the three officers truly did what they were convicted of, they should have been disciplined administratively, not criminally tried. They were dealing with violent and lawless gangsters, many illegally residing in the United States. They may have stepped over the line in their zeal "to protect and serve" the law-abiding citizens of Los Angeles, but such actions did not warrant criminal convictions and disgrace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Los Angeles Police Officer Rafael Perez, who recently stopped cooperating with prosecutors investigating the Rampart police corruption case, should not be moved from a jail to a state prison to finish his sentence for stealing cocaine, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday. Judge Robert Perry said he was concerned about Perez's safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2000
Re "Beatings Alleged to Be Routine at Rampart," Feb. 14: My brother has been telling me "the cops are bad, they lie, plant evidence and beat and abuse people," and I've always told him that the vast majority of Los Angeles Police Department officers are certainly better than that. I've been supportive--until now. We need a dramatic change in prosecution policy. I'm generally against zero-tolerance measures, but perhaps the police should be expected to measure up to a higher standard; after all, assaulting a police officer is a more serious crime, for good reason.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
January 28, 2000 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Los Angeles police officer who worked with Rafael Perez in the Rampart Division's scandal-plagued CRASH unit corroborates the disgraced officer-turned-informant's allegations that officers there, acting with at least one supervisor's knowledge, planted evidence to frame innocent people. "Everybody [in Rampart CRASH] kind of knows it happens," said the officer, who has been relieved of duty in connection with the department's ongoing corruption investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2001 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Valley captain who served on a Los Angeles Police Department disciplinary board as an impartial member faces a suspension for questioning the credibility of former Rampart Division gang officer Rafael Perez, according to sources and documents obtained by The Times. Capt. Joseph Curreri has appealed the 10-day suspension and continues to command the Devonshire Division, pending an Aug. 6 hearing before the same disciplinary panel on which he served.
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