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The problem that had occurred with LAPD was that some of them were beginning to to act as gang members themselves. Los Angeles until recently, was saturated with gangs that have been rooted here since the 1940's. Los Angeles is not in any way similar to the east coast. Most of the city is divided among racial lines. Example; There are no blacks in East Los Angeles.
The police here in many ways were like a paramilitary group with their own set of rules. Rampart Crash wore the skeleton on their uniforms and worked alone. These guys did not respond to radio calls. They were out there every night going to battle with the gangs. As Long as they were bringing multiple cases in nightly, their superiors never asked or questioned their tactics or violations of policy. Each Division had their own specialized units .,,,,, It was strange,,,, they didn't like each other'.
An on-duty detective shot an off- duty cop at 8:00 am .....That event started the snowball which ultimately uncovered the corruption. The police department today has a new face. With help from the feds, Los Angeles today has never been so safe and as beautiful. They have cleaned this city up. I never thought it would happen.
Last week 159 gang members were indicted on Rico charges....They have effectively wiped out entire neighborhoods. The feds are now handling the gangs.
In 1993 a friend of mine mouthed off to Officer Raphael Perez. Perez handcuffed him, sat him on the curb, placed a half ounce of cocaine in his jacket,,,,,took out his baton and removed every tooth from my friends mouth....He was sentenced to nine years for the drugs...but did only 3 years before they overturned his sentence
Myself,,,having spent many years in prison, having lived a criminal lifestyle for half my life... have absolutely no resentment or hatred toward any cop. Most cops get up everyday and try to do their jobs and provide for their families...... just like every one else.....
My only criticism stems from the fact that 2 years prior to the corruption being exposed, citizens were calling Rampart and reporting crimes in which they witnessed officers engage in.......Nobody listened