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Daryl Gates arrives at the 'Street Kings' premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater on April 3, 2008 in Hollywood, California.
Former Los Angeles police Chief Daryl Gates is hospitalized with an undisclosed serious illness, the current chief revealed today.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told the Police Commission at its regular meeting that he visited Gates at an unspecified medical center over the weekend.
Beck said Gates, 82, had a "very serious malady," but didn't describe the nature of the illness, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"I ask everyone to keep him in their prayers," Beck said.
Gates' 43 years of law enforcement experience included a stormy 15-year tenure as chief of police of Los Angeles, where he was credited with founding the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program and S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons And Tactics) unit.
He also developed the master plan for policing the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Gates resigned in 1992 amid criticism over the Rodney King police beating and the civil unrest that broke out that year following the acquittal of the officers charged in the case.
After leaving the LAPD, he started a domestic and corporate security company.