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Former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates is gone……

Chief Daryl F. Gates speaks to the media after the riots. With him is Deputy Chief Robert Vernon.

The controversal chief rock and rolled one of nation’s premier Police Departments…….

The well-known Police Chief fought thru his whole tenure as the LAPD’s boss……

And was loved by many of his troops…….

He was 83 years old…..

A proud emblem of progress to some, he was a disturbing symbol of stagnation to others. When the city went up in flames over the acquittal of four white officers accused of beating black motorist Rodney King, he was castigated as a leader out of touch with the changing realities of the city, yet to the end he remained righteous about his authority to police it.

Faced with a proliferation of illegal drugs and street violence, he hammered gangs with police sweeps and broke into crack dens with an armored vehicle armed with a steel battering ram. He made no apologies for declaring that casual drug users should be shot.

By turns charming and brash, articulate and tactless, he generated controversy with gaffes about Latinos, blacks and Jews, most famously with a remark about blacks faring poorly under police chokeholds because their physiology was different from that of “normal” people. Fiercely loyal to his rank and file, he clashed frequently with elected officials, particularly when they slashed his budget or meddled in department discipline, and vowed he would never be bullied by “crummy politicians.”

Throughout his tenure, he had a fractious relationship with Tom Bradley, the former LAPD lieutenant and councilman who united a diverse coalition of constituencies to become the city’s first African American mayor.

Gates “fought vigorously to make sure the chief’s duties were not encroached upon.


April 16, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , ,


  1. Gates also had a hostile relationship with the African American community and I’ve heard that then-Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley (D) was so pissed off over the Rodney King trial back in 1992 that he refused to seek reelection to an 6th term in 1993 due to folks being divided over racially-charged rhetoric from all sides.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | April 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. You don’t SAY!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by jamesb101 | April 16, 2010 | Reply

  3. how the hell did he get to be 83 so fast

    Dammit.. where have the decades gone

    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | April 16, 2010 | Reply

  4. time flys when you’re having fun!

    Comment by jamesb101 | April 16, 2010 | Reply

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