“Former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates, who led the department for 14 years, has been hospitalized with a serious medical condition, the current chief said Tuesday.
“Chief Charlie Beck informed the police commission during its Tuesday meeting that he had visited the former LAPD chief in the hospital over the weekend. Beck said Gates, 83, had a ‘very serious malady.’ He did not describe the nature of Gates’ illness.”
“Known as the father of the modern SWAT team, he retired in the wake of the 1992 riots after the Rodney G. King beating trial. Prior to the riots, the Christopher Commission had issued a scathing report on the department under Gates.
“Many police experts say Gates help developed many of the tactical responses used in modern policing. (AKA Oppressive Urban Occupation Tactics, ED) Gates, who attended Beck’s recent swearing-in as chief, remained a popular figure with rank-and-file officers. (Which is why things never really get better in LA with the LAPD, they just get quieter from time to time. ED)
“[For the record, 1:40 p.m.: An earlier version of the post incorrectly listed Gates’ age as 82. It also said he resigned following the 1992 riots. Gates’ retirement was actually prompted by the Christopher Commission report, which was critical of his leadership and came before the riots.]”
Former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates hospitalized with ‘very serious malady’, LA Times, February 16, 2010
Can’t be his heart. He doesn’t have one.
And I thought the Christopher Commission was AFTER the Rodney King Rebellion, in fact, was because of the Rodney King Rebellion. I was here for it all, seems like I’d remember something like that.