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August 19, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what is considered the last piece of a campaign to improve relations between police and minorities in Riverside, the city hired LAPD veteran and community policing devotee Russell Leach as its police chief Friday. Leach, 52, was an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 20 years, working his way up to captain. By the time he left in April 1995, he was the head of the LAPD's Harbor Division, an area that encompasses diverse communities on the south side of Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what is considered the last piece of a campaign to improve relations between police and minorities in Riverside, the city hired LAPD veteran and community policing devotee Russell Leach as its police chief Friday. Leach, 52, was an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 20 years, working his way up to captain. By the time he left in April 1995, he was the head of the LAPD's Harbor Division, an area that encompasses diverse communities on the south side of Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1995
LAPD Harbor Division Capt. Russell Leach was unanimously named police chief of El Paso on Thursday. Leach, 46, will start his new job April 3. He is the first chief to come from outside the local Police Department. "I love this place (Los Angeles), but this is a good opportunity," said Leach, who has 20 years of experience with the Los Angeles Police Department. Leach was chosen from a pool of 35 candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2001 | From Times Staff
Police officials told the City Council on Tuesday that they are making headway in complying with a reform plan instituted by the California attorney general this spring. In February, the City Council agreed to a plan by Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer to rid a troubled Police Department of racism and civil rights violations. The pact marked the first time that Lockyer's office has imposed such a plan on a police department--a role typically reserved for the federal government.
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February 2, 1995 | SUSAN WOODWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Harbor Division Capt. Russell Leach of the Los Angeles Police Department is expected to be the first "outsider" to land the job of police chief in El Paso after his nomination by the town's mayor on Tuesday. Leach is expected to leave the Los Angeles waterside for the Texas desert and begin work April 3. "Barring the creek rising, he's in," El Paso Mayor Larry Francis said, adding that council members have agreed to vote for Leach at a special meeting this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2002 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Riverside police detective is demanding his job back, 14 months after being fired for having a sexual relationship with a woman whose alleged rape he was investigating. Al Kennedy, a 26-year member of the department, was terminated April 16, 2001, after Chana Zucker filed a lawsuit against the department. The Riverside resident said Kennedy used his position to take advantage of her while looking into allegations she had been kidnapped, raped and tortured by an unknown assailant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2002 | JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four reputed Riverside gang members were arrested Thursday on suspicion of murdering a man and assaulting a second earlier this month because the victims were gay. "The only motive for the attack was hatred. Not robbery, not anything else," Riverside Police Chief Russell Leach said in announcing the arrests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Displeased but unwilling to take its fight to court, the Riverside City Council on Tuesday grudgingly adopted a plan by California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer to rid the city's troubled Police Department of racism and civil rights violations. Reacting largely to the 1998 shooting of a black woman, Tyisha Miller, by four white officers--an incident that created an uproar and exposed a racial divide in Riverside--Lockyer plans to oversee a far-reaching reform plan over the next five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2002 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attack outside a popular gay bar in downtown Riverside that left one man dead and another man wounded has been labeled a hate crime by police. Authorities said they are still looking for a group of apparent skinheads who instigated the melee by yelling homosexual slurs at the victims before stabbing them. "This is a hate crime, absolutely," Riverside Police Chief Russell Leach said of Thursday's attack outside the Menagerie nightclub.
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February 18, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Exercising newfound power to reform troubled police departments, California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer is forcing this city to confront its past--good cops, bad cops, blacks and whites--and its future. Lockyer, allowed under new legislation to impose on local law enforcement agencies rules protecting civil rights, has proposed a series of reforms for the Riverside Police Department. The attorney general's move is one typically reserved for the federal government.
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