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  PBS - frontline: l.a.p.d. blues: the scandal: rampart scandal timeline
The investigative team, later named the Rampart Corruption Task Force, focused primarily on the prosecution of Rafael Perez.
Poole, a detective with the Robbery/Homicide Division, was a lead investigator on the Lyga-Gaines shooting and was later assigned to the Rampart Corruption Task Force, where he investigated the station-house beating of Ismael Jimenez.
In the first criminal case stemming from Perez's allegations, Sgt. Edward Ortiz, Brian Liddy, Paul Harper and Michael Buchanan, all of the Rampart CRASH unit, were tried on charges of perjury, fabricating arrests and filing false police reports.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/lapd/scandal/cron.html   (1976 words)

  Los Angeles - Rampart Probe
The 8-square-mile Rampart Division is home to the densest population west of the Mississippi.
Max Ocon, a longtime Rampart area businessman and member of the division's community policing advisory board, said relations between police and residents hit a low in the mid-1990s--the period under scrutiny by investigators.
The division's anti-gang unit is the focus of a sweeping corruption investigation.
www.truthinjustice.org /rampart.htm   (2014 words)

 Los Angeles Police Department
The Los Angeles Police Department's ever-expanding Rampart Division corruption crisis is driving a wedge through long-standing political relationships as some local leaders brace for the scandal's fallout, insulate themselves from damage and, in the view of some critics, concentrate on containing the issue rather than pursuing it to the end.
A judge on Tuesday overturned the convictions of 10 people who were allegedly framed by officers from the LAPD's Rampart Division, bringing the number of cases that have been thrown out in the wake of an ongoing corruption investigation to 23.
The Los Angeles district attorney is expected to seek the release of a third prison inmate on Friday as a result of the unfolding LAPD corruption investigation, and detectives are scrutinizing additional cases that call into question the conduct of more officers, according to sources close to the inquiry.
citizensforjustice.org /LAPD/rampart2.html   (765 words)

 Bobby, I Didn't Know!
On the night of June 5, 1968 Sillings had been the Rampart Division Watch Commander who, at the last minute, changed key field assignments so that the newly promoted Sharaga could not go out in the field.
Tackaberry - A Venice Division Watch Commander had been Lt. Tackaberry of METRO Division, on duty and in the field on the night of June 5.
He directed METRO personnel to the Ambassador as Rampart Division officers tried to broadcast descriptions of suspects other than Sirhan.
www.fromthewilderness.com /free/pandora/rfk.html   (1839 words)

  Wilshire Center
Police Divisions' New Headquarters: The new headquarters for the Rampart Division is expected to be completed in January or February 2008.
New Captain for Rampart Division: Captain Paul Egan is the new leader of the Rampart Division.
The new boundaries for the Mid-City Division are tentatively Sunset Blvd. on the north; the 10 Freeway on the south; Wilton Pl. on the west; and Hoover St. on the east.
www.wilshirecenter.com /work/bwg.htm   (4983 words)

 Our Search Dogs
Rampart search and rescue dog handlers are trained in backcountry travel including map and compass, global positioning system (GPS) use, summer survival, winter survival, man tracking, and search and rescue operations.
Experienced Rampart search and rescue dog handlers are willing to fill a need during searches in the backcountry, urban, rivers and lakes by request from law enforcement.
Rampart search and rescue is not a training depot for those wishing to train their dogs.
www.rampart-sar.com /K-9.htm   (487 words)

 Rampart Probe May Put Gang Injunction at Risk
The 8-square-mile Rampart Division is home to the densest population west of the Mississippi.
Max Ocon, a longtime Rampart area businessman and member of the division's community policing advisory board, said relations between police and residents hit a low in the mid-1990s--the period under scrutiny by investigators.
The division's anti-gang unit is the focus of a sweeping corruption investigation.
www.streetgangs.com /topics/1999/091999probeink.html   (2062 words)

 The Garcetti Report - Narrative of Events - Part 1
Gates' team expressed satisfaction with the security to be offered by Rampart Division officers and with the other details of the security plans.
Powell reported the shooting to the Rampart Division dispatcher and requested an ambulance.
Because Gates had been taken to nearby St. Vincent Medical Center, and the possibility of a conspiracy was unknown at that time, a decision was made by Rampart Division ranking officer Captain Jesse Day not to send the ambulance carrying the severely wounded Hidell to that hospital.
www.garcettireport.org /narrative1.html   (1435 words)

 The Los Angeles police scandal and its social roots
The Rampart Division covers an eight square-mile area, just west of downtown, which is largely working class, heavily immigrant and densely populated.
Typically Rampart CRASH officers used secret radio codes to accomplish this—they would create a diversion to delay the investigation, such as claiming that other suspects were involved and on the loose.
Rampart officers also wore tattoos of the CRASH logo, a skull with a cowboy hat surrounded by poker cards depicting the “dead man's hand,” aces and eights.
www.wsws.org /articles/2000/mar2000/lapd-m13.shtml   (1944 words)

 LAPD's Gangster Cops Are Gone - Los Angeles Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
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.
The key conceit of the report is a Manichaean distinction between what it portrays as the good policing in the revamped Rampart Division and what it sees as the bad policing that allegedly remains the norm in South Los Angeles.
Given the otherwise bleak tenor of the report, one must be grateful for the accolades that it justifiably pours on the Rampart Division.
www.latimes.com /news/opinion/la-op-macdonald23jul23,0,2883750.story?coll=la-opinion-rightrail   (985 words)

 Grand Arts: John Powers
Rampart Division and CRASH rely on the fascination that is the exploration of their effect on the viewer.
In a sense, the sculptures problematize the modernist dialectic between the reanimation of the partially autonomous or at least critical aesthetic experience to be re-experienced by the viewer and the reification of that experience that leads to the desire for the authentic and disinterested artistic moment in the first place.
4 Rampart Division and CRASH provide both an analysis of a psychosocial reality taken for granted and the demand to productively use the knowledge and energies gained through the intoxication from the rupture and renegotiation that is the operation of the marvelous.
www.grandarts.com /exhibits/JPowers.html   (1280 words)

 LAPD & INS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Former Rampart CRASH officer Rafael Perez, who has been providing authorities with information in a deal to obtain a lesser sentence on cocaine theft charges, has told investigators that LAPD officers concerned about citizens' complaints against them would use the INS to have witnesses to police abuse deported.
Agents who worked in that INS unit told The Times they were dismayed to find themselves involved with police officers whose methods seemed legally dubious and who repeatedly sought to deport immigrants who did not appear to be gang members or to have been informed of their constitutional rights, INS sources said.
They said they were particularly suspicious of the Rampart CRASH unit's identification of 10,000 Latinos, in California and other states, who were alleged to be members or associates of the 18th Street gang.
faculty.oxy.edu /gforeman/ECLS379/_disc4/00000019.htm   (1220 words)

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The Rampart Division is one of the 18 divisions of the LAPD.
One of the fundamental causes of the Rampart Scandal was a breakdown in managerial oversight.
He was not motivated to blow the whistle on the Rampart division because he had an epiphany.
www.csupomona.edu /~rrreese/RAMPART.HTML   (6312 words)

 Article on Rampart from Today's LA Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Anti-gang officers in the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division routinely and unnecessarily punched, kicked, choked and otherwise beat suspects in an effort to intimidate the gangs that the officers were charged with policing, according to confidential investigative documents and interviews.
The former Rampart officer is accused of grabbing Ismael Jimenez by the neck, shoving him against a wall and hitting him repeatedly in the chest and abdomen with fists.
Rampart suggests that only the law and money were used to determine justice in this case.
faculty.oxy.edu /gforeman/ECLS379/_disc2/0000000e.htm   (1876 words)

 Salon.com News | L.A. confidential
The Rampart Division polices one of the most densely populated urban areas in the West, home to tens of thousands of Hispanic immigrants and at least 30 gangs.
What happened when he tried to investigate cops at Rampart Division, Poole says, was typical of the way the LAPD handles complaints against cops.
The trail to Rampart began a year before Perez was arrested, when Poole and his partner at Robbery/Homicide, Fred Miller, were assigned to investigate the March 1997 Studio City shooting of LAPD officer Kevin Gaines.
archive.salon.com /news/feature/2000/09/27/rampart/print.html   (6205 words)

 LAPD 'RAMPAGE' Division Under Investigation
Rampart Division anti-gang officers illegally shot suspects, framed one man and improperly beat another, stole drugs, falsified evidence and covered up misconduct.
So far a dozen officers have been relieved of duty, and the DA said more than 3,000 convictions will have to be reviewed by his office to determine if the convictions were unjustified.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the LAPD now believes "Rampart officers stole drugs from dealers and then used street prostitutes to sell the narcotics for their own profit." The LAPD said the officers, who belonged to a so-called CRASH unit, operated like the gangs they were supposed to police.
www.november.org /razorwire/rzold/16/16002.html   (694 words)

 Officer Politics,   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
With 375,000 residents and 350 police officers, the barrios of Rampart are home to the highest concentration of gang members in all of Los Angeles: sixty gangs, comprising as many as eight thousand members.
Rampart may have been the police corruption story of the year, but Los Angeles is hardly alone in its troubles.
"Rampart CRASH officers frequently reported that suspects discarded contraband by tossing it on the ground within clear view of officers only a few feet away," observed the Board of Inquiry, though this is an obviously unlikely occurrence.
www.davekopel.com /CJ/Mags/OfficerPolitics.htm   (2255 words)

 Court TV Online - T R I A L S
The LAPD's Rampart division is responsible for a very small chunk of such a sprawling city.
The Rampart neighborhood lies in the middle of Los Angeles, nestled between Sunset Boulevard and the Santa Monica Freeway.
In Rampart, this process was aided by circumstance: because of spatial constraints, in 1995 Rampart CRASH moved to a substation two miles from the main station house.
www.courttv.com /archive/trials/lapd/rampart_ctv.html   (1185 words)

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LAPD Rampart Division had a group of cops, primarily working in gang control, that ended up being totally out of control.
LAPD is the latest police department to essentially get put under the control of the Federal Government because of their staunch refusal to deal with their internal problems and their continual abuse of citizens.
There are a large number of web references relating to this continuing story, just go to your standard search engine and enter "LAPD Rampart", there is a lot out there and very little paints a good picture of LAPD and their ability to deal with crime in their ranks.
www.itsforthekids.com /Rampart.htm   (397 words)

 Not On My Watch
Street Division were among the toughest and meanest.
Street Division in the heart of Southcentral Los Angeles is a second, badly-needed step in the right direction.
When we look at the civil unrest that extends across the nation, erupting as it did in the city of Cincinnati with a near-total disintegration of that city's social fabric, it is clear that something needs to be done.
www.csun.edu /~hcpas003/PAS300nomw12.html   (1130 words)

 Police Scandal Could Mean Financial Ruin For LA
Levenson also noted that many of those wrongly accused were self-described gang members who, although innocent of the crimes they were convicted of, were "not exactly productive members of society" and therefore were less likely to receive a great deal of sympathy from juries.
The list contained 9,485 cases, about 5,000 of which were handled by 14 of the 22 Rampart Division officers who have been fired or suspended since the probe began.
The remainder of the cases involved 13 officers from other divisions who are alleged to have engaged in misconduct, said Yagman.
www.rense.com /ufo6/scan.htm   (618 words)

 LA Weekly - General - Good Cop, Bad Cop - Charles Rappleye - The Essential Online Resource for Los Angeles
To his fellow officers at Rampart, even to the sole civilian member of his disciplinary review board, Cohan was being sacrificed, a scapegoat to the reform effort staged by Police Chief Bernard Parks.
In her formal dissent from the decision to fire Cohan, board-of-rights member Karen Andres was emphatic that the department had erred in its prosecution of Ethan Cohan.
It may be that, in his determination to root out excessive force and break the code of silence, Parks believed he needed to demonstrate to the department that a new, higher standard is now in effect.
www.laweekly.com /general/features/good-cop-bad-cop/6084   (942 words)

 The Editor's Corner--Uncovering Rampart
By now there is no need to recap all the details of the Rampart Division police scandal.
In some Latino communities -- certainly the one in which Rampart is located -- the choice is between the police and the gangs.
There will be two forums this week on Rampart: One sponsored by by the ADL at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Westside Campus, Tuesday evening (see the ad on page 34); the other organized by the Progressive Jewish Alliance at Temple Emmanuel in Beverly Hills (see page 24).
www.jewishjournal.com /old/gene.3.10.0.htm   (915 words)

Already, in the noxious wake of the Rampart bad-cop scandal, the L.A. city attorney's office is noting an uptick in acquittals and hung juries, a few more jurors telling prosecutors they just didn't believe the cops in the witness box.
The cops in question may not even be from Rampart, where suspicions of evidence-planting and perjury have already opened the cell doors for four convicts.
Prosecutors are anxious to convey two messagesTo jurors, that not all cops are Rampart Rats, and to police, that those they protect and serve are taking this very seriously, and they had better too.
www.drugsense.org /tfy/LAPD18.HTM   (692 words)

 Officers' Corruption Trial Under Way in Los Angeles
Perez, a 33-year-old ex-marine who is the former Los Angeles Police Department officer at the heart of a continuing investigation of the city's Rampart police division, is not on trial, nor was he in court today.
Perez has been telling investigators about corruption by officers at the Rampart Division, including planting evidence, stealing money and drugs from suspects and lying under oath to send the innocent to prison.
Rampart, just west of downtown Los Angeles, is home to dozens of street gangs and the social problems that help them thrive.
www.crimelynx.com /latrial.html   (707 words)

 PBS - frontline: l.a.p.d. blues: scandal
The Rampart scandal was ignited by the allegations of one man, L.A.P.D. officer Rafael Perez.
Perez claimed the Rampart CRASH unit was filled with drug-dealing rogue cops who were shaking down gang members and framing innocent people.
Even before Perez's allegations surfaced, the L.A.P.D. was investigating suspicious activity among some officers in the Rampart CRASH unit.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/lapd/scandal   (385 words)

 Garcetti, Mayor Unveil Safety Cameras in Rampart Parks ... LA Community Policing
Councilmember Eric Garcetti joined Mayor James Hahn, Captain Charlie Beck of LAPD Rampart Division, and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mike Roos at the unveiling today of new wireless safety cameras in Lake Street Park in the Historic Filipinotown neighborhood.
"Rampart Area, which encompasses MacArthur Park and Lake Street Park, has seen a 50 percent decrease in homicides and almost 43 percent decrease in violent crimes over the last two years since surveillance cameras were installed there.
The cameras are restricted to viewing public spaces; the Lake Street Park cameras will be monitored 24/7 by a Rampart Division officer.
www.lacp.org /2005-Articles-Main/SafetyCamerasInRampartParks.html   (328 words)

 2nd LAPD Shooting Targeted as Corruption Probe Widens — September 17, 1999
Rampart Division: Possible cover-up during a fatal 1996 incident is being investigated.
As the FBI on Thursday joined an expanding probe into the largest LAPD corruption scandal in 60 years, sources said police detectives are investigating the possible cover-up by Rampart Division officers of a second unjustified shooting that left one man dead and another wounded.
The probe, which is examining allegations ranging from illegal shootings and drug dealing to excessive force and so-called code of silence violations, is the most extensive inquiry into LAPD misconduct since the notoriously corrupt administration of Mayor Frank Shaw in the late 1930s, investigators said.
www.drugsense.org /tfy/LAPD2.HTM   (1374 words)

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