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Rampart Scandal

(x)Rampart Scandal Timeline
A chronology of the unfolding events and discoveries of police misconduct which eventually blew up into the Rampart scandal. The scandal was ignited by one L.A.P.D. officer, Rafael Perez, who charged that dozens of his fellow officers regularly were involved in making false arrests, giving perjured testimony and framing innocent people.
(x)Rafael Perez: The Eye of the Storm
The Rampart scandal was ignited by the allegations of one man, L.A.P.D. officer Rafael Perez. Here's a profile of Perez and exclusive audio excerpts from his confessions.
(x)The Issue of Rafael Perez's Credibility
Perez claimed the Rampart CRASH unit was filled with drug-dealing rogue cops who were shaking down gang members and framing innocent people. But Perez's credibility is now turning out to be a very large question. Here are the views of L.A.P.D. Chief Bernard Parks, Former L.A.P.D.Chief Daryl Gates, Judge Larry Fidler,former L.A. District Attorney Gil Garcetti, and Detective Mike Hohan.
(x)Cover Up?
Even before Perez's allegations surfaced, the L.A.P.D. was investigating suspicious activity among some officers in the Rampart CRASH unit. However, critics like Detective Russell Poole claim the L.A.P.D. wasn't really interested in getting to the bottom of what was happening. Poole claims crucial leads were ignored in the early stages of the investigation. Others say administrative decisions taken after the scandal surfaced discouraged officers with critical information from coming forward. Here are the views of Detective Poole, L.A.P.D. Chief Bernard Parks, Gerald Chaleff, former president of the L.A. Police Commission, and Gil Garcetti, former L.A. District Attorney.
(x)CRASH Culture
CRASH was the group of elite anti-gang units set up within the L.A.P.D. to tackle rising gang-related crime. CRASH officers were required to get to know gang members and keep on top of their activities. Although CRASH was successful, city-wide, in reducing gang crime, critics say officers harassed and abused suspects and falsified reports. Here are the views of former L.A.P.D. Chief Daryl Gates, Sgt. Brian Liddy, Ruben Rojas, a Temple Street gang member, Gerald Chaleff, former president of the L.A. Police Commission, and Detective Mike Hohan, principal investigator on the Rampart Corruption Task Force
(x)Connecting The Dots
Officials investigating the L.A.P.D.'s Rampart CRASH unit uncovered a tangled web linking officers with street gangs, drug dealing, and the gangsta rap underworld. Here's a picture chart.

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