Friends and admirers of the late LAPD chief Daryl Gates may think I’m piling on by adding more negatives to the chief’s history, but it’s not journalism’s job to be respectful. It’s our job to fill in the picture when it matters. And what journalist David Cay Johnston has to say about Gates -- in a special article for LA Observed -- matters.
Johnston makes a convincing case that Gates ran a local and international spy organization that he used to prevent politicians and publishers from going after him or the department.
Read the piece, then listen to my Off-Ramp interview with Johnston.
Johnston is not a conspiracy blogger. He’s a Pulitzer and Polk winner who currently teaches at Syracuse University.