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LAPD Chief Gates dies. “Cop’s cop” or cause of ’92 riots?

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Paul Weber, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the police union, called Daryl Gates, who died April 16, "a man of courage and character who had a deep commitment to the rule of law, with a deep pride of the LAPD … Chief Gates was a cop's cop, revolutionizing critical policing tactics and changing the face of modern law enforcement around out the world." Current police chief Charlie Beck called him "one-in-a-million human being (who) inspired others to succeed and, in doing so, changed the landscape of law enforcement around the world."

But Joe Domanick, a journalist who focuses on criminal justice and who has covered the LAPD for decades, told Off-Ramp host John Rabe that Gates and his policies caused the ’92 riots.

COME INSIDE for a link to one of Gates' final interviews -- granted to Patt Morrison.

Joe Domanick holds positions at USC Annenberg’s Institute for Justice and Journalism and the Center on Crime Media at New York’s John Jay College. He’s written extensively about the LAPD, including the book “To Protect and To Serve,” a history of the LAPD.