L.A. Creates New Panel To Review Rampart Scandal


Los Angeles will set up a new panel to examine how its Police Department reacted to the Rampart corruption scandal. The Los Angeles Times reports that despite nearly half a dozen investigations into the 1999 scandal, in which ex-Officer Rafael Perez said that he and other officers had routinely planted evidence, framed suspects and covered up unjustified shootings, officials said one more was necessary.

Suggested by Police Chief William Bratton and headed by civil rights attorney Constance Rice, the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel will look at whether the Police Department investigated itself properly and learned the right lessons. Rice said the panel hopes to issue a report within a year.

In a nearly two-hour discussion, most City Council members praised the idea. Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa said it was necessary to “ensure that we never ever revisit this kind of black stain on our department’s history.”

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-rampart12feb12,1,7672347.story?coll=la-headlines-california

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