Case Analysis : Rafael Rivera

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In May of 1998, another event took place which involved some missing cocaine from an evidence room at the LAPD headquarters (Frontline, 2001). Rafael Perez was the officer arrested for stealing six pounds of cocaine from the property room. After Perez was in custody, LAPD Chief Bernard Parks became concerned about the number of his officers who appeared to have connections to Death Row Records and who were involved with some type of misconduct. He made the decision to form an internal investigation unit which became known as the Rampart Corruption Task Force. In the beginning, the task forced focused their efforts on investigating Perez and his ties to Det. Frank Lyga and Kevin Gaines.
On September 8, 1999, Rafael Perez cut a deal
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Another independent report written by Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of Southern California criticized the LAPD for its handling of the Rampart scandal and suggested a permanent prosecutor be appointed to investigate police misconduct (Frontline, 2001).
In the 1980s, the Rampart community had the reputation as being the most violent in Los Angeles. Many of its inhabitants were immigrants from Central America. As a response to the increase in gangs and their criminal behavior, gang injunctions were imposed and identified gang members were prohibited from participating in certain activities. Ignoring or violating an injunction could result in jail time for a gang member. In the beginning, the community wholeheartedly supported the court-ordered injunctions because those with political power wanted to restore economic stability to Rampart. After the scandal broke, community members formed a group to try to deal with the aftermath of the scandal and improve the dire situation that Rampart was facing. Gang members began telling their story as well and how many were subjected to false arrests and brutality by the corrupt CRASH police officers. One community member, Carmen
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Vaughn, expressed her belief that most gangs were made up of young people who had nothing better to do. She felt that after the court-ordered injunctions were put in place, the violence on the streets

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