Knight, gangster cops and police cover-up
Rampart corruption scandal -- How did LA's finest fall so far
so fast? LAPD Blue explores what is reportedly the worst corruption
scandal in the history of the LAPD. With unprecedented access to
police documents, photographs, audiotapes, and startling footage
of murders and mayhem, Peter J. Boyer examines the evidence that
brought the corruption scandal to light.
Corruption Scandal Convicted
-- anti-gang unit police officers Sgt. Brian Liddy, Sgt. Edward
Ortiz and Officer Michael Buchanan of conspiracy and other crimes
involving the framing of gang members in 1996. It was the first
trial stemming from allegations of corruption at the Departments
Rampart station. In light of the allegations, more than 100 criminal
convictions have been dismissed.
Floyd Durden admitted to perjury, filing a false report, grand
theft from drug dealers, and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the
shooting of an unarmed gang member, who remains paralyzed. Durden
once partnered with Rafael Perez, who told investigators last year
that he and other officers beat, framed and robbed people in rough
neighborhoods west of downtown.
Perez's testimony on police misconduct ignited the biggest scandal
in the history of the LAPD. Is it the real story? Peter J. Boyer's
investigation into the Los Angeles Police Department is also the
subject of a special report on "Frontline,"
PBS's news magazine. Includes streaming audio of Rafael Perez's
confession, a pictorial map of the trail of evidence and key players.
Murders of Nichole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman
Legacy of Rodney King -- It was more than 10 years ago that
Rodney King was beaten in what became an enduring symbol of police
brutality and a flash point for racial tensions.
A defense lawyer's suit
against Los Angeles
District Attorney Stephen Cooley for fabricating evidence and filing
false charges against him was reinstated Friday by the 9th US
Circuit Court of Appeals.
Special: On the Streets with the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit
by Miles Corwin -- A behind-the-scenes look at
one of the most elite, highly trained units of homicide detectives
in the country. The scene of innumerable bizarre crimes, it is
also home to a unique police unit called Homicide Special, whose
mandate is to take on the toughest, most controversial, and highest-profile
cases. Corwin uses his unprecedented access to narrate six cases
and capture its newest generation at work. When a call girl from
Kiev dies in the line of duty, detectives seek her killer among
a circle of Russian women who have been sold unwittingly into
white slavery. When a gangsters daughter, brought up in Las Vegas,
takes a bullet, veterans trace clues scattered across the country
to one of Manhattans wealthiest real estate magnates. A cold
case is reopened; a suspicious mother-daughter drowning and a
baffling rape/murder are solved. Corwin re-creates the investigation
surrounding the late Bonny Lee Bakley, a woman driven by the desire
for fame, and allegedly murdered by her actor-husband, Robert
Detectives - Homicide/Hate Crimes (Program #106)
investigate the murder of a 15-year-old girl, and a drive-by shooting
that involves a hate crime.
Women: The Sexual Politics of Law Enforcement and the LAPD (Critical
Perspectives on the Past) by Janis Appier -- Appier traces
the origins of women in police work, explaining how pioneer policewomen's
struggles to gain secure footholds in big city police departments
ironically helped to make modern police work one of the most male
dominated occupations in the US. Women reformers pointed to changing
sexual mores among working-class female youth to emphasize the
need for a new approach to policing. The policewomen who undertook
the work of counseling sexually active teenage girls and their
families saw themselves as helping young people achieve moral
equilibrium during a period in which standards of conduct were
in flux. In the LAPD, the first to hire women, this social work
was primarily the responsibility of the City Mother's Bureau;
in other major cities, policewomen's roles were similarly maternalistic.
Scrutinizing case records, public statements, and departmental
policies governing policewomen, Appier shows how female officers
handled the complex gender politics of their work with the public
and within their departments.
Reports: LA Riots -- Return to Los Angeles to reexamine
the Rodney King beating and the riots that followed the trial
of the cops involved in the incident. Reveals that police essentially
sat and watched the city burn, the media distorted events, and
that a new force--the African-American church--emerged to rebuild
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