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September 15, 2000 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seven months after the Los Angeles Police Department's unfolding Rampart scandal prompted the district attorney's office to reactivate its mandatory review of police shootings, an undercover LAPD vice officer was charged Thursday with shooting an unarmed motorist in the back after a dispute over a traffic ticket.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2000 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seven months after the Los Angeles Police Department's unfolding Rampart scandal prompted the district attorney's office to reactivate its mandatory review of police shootings, an undercover LAPD vice officer was charged Thursday with shooting an unarmed motorist in the back after a dispute over a traffic ticket.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The Los Angeles City Council agreed Friday to pay $1.95 million to settle a lawsuit by a 68-year-old man who was unarmed and driving a car when he was shot by a police officer after a dispute over a traffic ticket. The payment was approved to Charles Beatty, who in August won a $2.04-million award from a jury, which determined that Officer Ronald Orosco violated Beatty's civil rights when he fired four shots at the motorist, striking him once in the back.
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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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September 16, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed an unarmed motorist after a pursuit in Cypress Park early Friday because they thought he was pointing a handgun at one of them. Officers first saw the man, whose identity was not released, speeding in the area about midnight and pursued him for about three minutes. The man lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and North Figueroa Street and slammed into a traffic signal pole, police said.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2002 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury Friday awarded $2.045 million to a 68-year-old man who was shot in the back by an LAPD officer two years ago after a dispute over a traffic ticket. The civil court jurors determined that then-LAPD Officer Ronald Orosco violated Charles Beatty's civil rights when he fired four shots at the motorist after an argument between the two men. Beatty was hit once. The bullet remains lodged in his back.
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December 9, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
The fatal shooting by a Los Angeles police officer of 13-year-old car-theft suspect Devin Brown is the latest in a string of controversial law enforcement cases that Los Angeles County prosecutors have declined to prosecute. Of 442 officer-involved shootings reviewed since January 2001, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has not brought a single criminal case.
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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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February 29, 2004 | Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles police officers have opened fire on motorists more than 100 times since 1985, killing 25 people and injuring at least 30 others, despite a policy that strongly discourages such shootings, according to a Times analysis. The practice came under scrutiny last week after a dramatic police pursuit captured on live television ended when three officers fatally shot a robbery suspect as his car rolled slowly toward them in reverse.
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