Los Angeles has seen a string of colorful characters heading up its police department, with as many different philosophies on how to run the squad. Police brutality and an ‘us vs. them’ mindset of the Bill Parker era paved the way to the Watts Riots. Daryl Gates’ ‘circle the wagons’ attitude following the Rodney King beatings brought down the wrath of the Christopher Commission; that approach then gave way to the kindler, gentler hand of William Bratton and the advent of community policing. Our newest top cop, Charlie Beck, a 35-year veteran of the force, promises to take that tradition further and instill the culture of cooperation all the way down through the ranks. What challenges does he face as he shepherds the LAPD into the next century?
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck
Town Hall Vault Speakers:
Police Chief Daryl Gates (1981)
Police Chief Willie Williams (1992)
Police Chief Bernard Parks (2002)
Joe Domanick, author of To Protect and to Serve: The LAPD’s Century of War in the City of Dreams
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