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October 27, 1991 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For some time now, a gritty pocket of Los Angeles just west of the financial district's sleek skyscrapers has been the crime capital of the city. The working poor who live there must dodge one danger after another, posed by the crazy gang-bangers and crack heads who share their streets. But over the last few weeks, the mayhem has taken a turn so troubling that even battle-weary police and hospital workers have been left in a state of disbelief.
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BUSINESS
December 3, 2009 | By Roger Vincent
For sale: One police station in the middle of Los Angeles. Slightly used. Looking for an office building with bulletproof windows, mirrored interrogation rooms and a big vault? It could be yours for just $4.5 million. The seller is motivated. The two-story structure west of downtown is also rather notorious. Among its previous occupants were members of the Los Angeles Police Department's anti-gang CRASH unit (short for Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums), who were accused of running a rogue operation that framed suspects, administered beatings, stole drugs and committed other crimes.
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October 1, 1999 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An LAPD Harbor Division detective was arrested Thursday on suspicion of pilfering a small quantity of heroin, but police officials said the case was unrelated to the corruption scandal in the Rampart Division. Richard Ginelli, a 35-year veteran of the department, was booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance. His bail was set at $10,000. The officer told investigators that he had "a personal use problem," said Police Chief Bernard C. Parks.
OPINION
August 16, 2009 | Constance L. Rice, Constance L. Rice is a civil rights attorney in Los Angeles.
Eighteen months ago, I wrote a memo identifying long-term barriers to permanent transformation of the Los Angeles Police Department. I've written a lot of memos about the department over the years in preparation for lawsuits, but this one was prepared at the request of the LAPD's top commanders. That's something that never would have happened seven years ago. Back then, in the pre-William Bratton era, I and my memo would have been summarily shredded. But under Bratton, not only was outside criticism invited, he assigned his first assistant chief to work through the issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1998 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a major shake-up of the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division, two top police administrators were moved out of their positions by Chief Bernard C. Parks late Wednesday because of concerns that they did not adequately supervise officers at that station, sources said. The reassignments of Capt. Richard A. Meraz and Lt. Daniel P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Howard Dotson begins each candlelight vigil saying he "hopes and prays this is the last one." But sometimes, as one vigil ends, he must announce plans for another. The vigils are a product of Dotson's pledge to hold a prayerful ceremony for each homicide victim in the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division. Dotson has held 11 vigils in the last three months. They are usually held at dusk on the heavily traveled sidewalks of the MacArthur Park and Pico-Union areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000
Two members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors on Thursday urged officials to take steps to insulate the transit agency from the cost of damage suits stemming the widening Rampart Division scandal at the Los Angeles Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2000
Police Chief Bernard C. Parks has denied a former detective's accusation that he tried to thwart a probe of Rampart Division officers in 1998. Russell Poole, a former member of the LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division, made the allegation in a lawsuit filed last week in federal court. Poole, who was assigned to investigate an excessive-force complaint against a Rampart officer, said that during a briefing in the fall of 1998 he told Parks, "You've got a group of vigilante cops at Rampart Division."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1997
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg told the council's Public Safety Committee that female police officers in the Rampart Division station are forced to take turns in the locker room and are "stepping on each other" when shifts change. "Rampart is not any old division," Goldberg said. "It has an intensity all its own. . . . I think it's an intolerable situation." But while Goldberg called for more extensive renovations, the council panel sided with Police Chief Bernard C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to pay $580,000 to a man who served eight months in jail after he was allegedly framed by two former police officers in the biggest settlement to date from the unfolding Rampart Division scandal. After weeks of discussions in closed session, the council voted unanimously to settle the case with Miguel Hernandez, who says ex-Los Angeles police Officers Rafael Perez and Nino Durden planted a gun on him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Two days after an unknown assailant shot to death a motorist waiting at a light at 3rd Street and Occidental Boulevard, police Friday asked the public for help in identifying the shooter in what is a suspected gang-related homicide. Sergio Chamale-Mendez, 21, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital after being hit in the chest by gunshots from a vehicle described by police as a possibly tan, newer model Lexus with tinted windows and chrome wheels. The shooting occurred about 10 p.m. Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Howard Dotson begins each candlelight vigil saying he "hopes and prays this is the last one." But sometimes, as one vigil ends, he must announce plans for another. The vigils are a product of Dotson's pledge to hold a prayerful ceremony for each homicide victim in the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division. Dotson has held 11 vigils in the last three months. They are usually held at dusk on the heavily traveled sidewalks of the MacArthur Park and Pico-Union areas.
OPINION
July 23, 2006 | Heather MacDonald, Heather MacDonald is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of "Are Cops Racist?"
IT IS LONG PAST TIME to retire outdated stereotypes of the Los Angeles Police Department. Unfortunately, a recent blue-ribbon panel has given them new life. Police Chief William J. Bratton commissioned the Rampart Review Panel in 2003 to evaluate whether his department was still at risk for a corruption scandal like the Rampart gang-unit fiasco of 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2006 | Jim Newton and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who served as chief of the LAPD from 1997 to 2002, on Wednesday denounced a new analysis of the department's Rampart Division scandal as the illogical work of self-proclaimed experts who failed in the task assigned to them. "It's like putting your arms around smoke," he said of the report, adding that it was a collection of innuendo and hyperbole rather than serious analysis of the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2003 | Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
Former LAPD Officer Ruben Palomares, under investigation for allegedly heading a network of thieves who committed home invasion robberies and other crimes, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison on federal drug trafficking charges. Palomares, a onetime Rampart Division officer, pleaded guilty last year to trying to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine from undercover DEA agents. The drug case, however, doesn't end his legal problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2003 | Scott Glover, Matt Lait and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton called Tuesday for an independent "blue ribbon committee" to account for the LAPD's handling of the Rampart corruption scandal, saying that efforts to do so by department officials have been "totally inadequate."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Two days after an unknown assailant shot to death a motorist waiting at a light at 3rd Street and Occidental Boulevard, police Friday asked the public for help in identifying the shooter in what is a suspected gang-related homicide. Sergio Chamale-Mendez, 21, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital after being hit in the chest by gunshots from a vehicle described by police as a possibly tan, newer model Lexus with tinted windows and chrome wheels. The shooting occurred about 10 p.m. Wednesday.
NEWS
March 20, 1994
The Westlake-Pico Union Community Improvement Council will hold a free reception Thursday to welcome new command personnel and patrol officers in the Police Department's Rampart Division and to honor officers who have been working with the community to improve safety. The reception begins at 3 p.m. at the Park Plaza Hotel, 607 S. Park View St., and will feature representatives from several city agencies and departments offering updates on community services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2002 | Megan Garvey and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton said Tuesday that police officials are conducting enhanced investigations into three officer-involved shootings that corrupt ex-Officer Rafael Perez said were unjustified and covered up. "We are looking for additional information in all three cases," Bratton said. "We are basically starting from scratch in all three cases," added Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2002 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles Police Department detectives did not thoroughly investigate three shooting cases that corrupt ex-officer Rafael Perez said were unjustified and covered up, a top police official said last week. Assistant Chief David Gascon, responding to inquiries from The Times, said he was "not satisfied" with the department's efforts to investigate two shooting cases that left men injured.
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