The history of Los Angeles is filled with colorful characters leading its police department, with varying philosophies on how to run the squad. Police brutality and an "Us vs. Them" mindset of the Chief William Parker era paved the way to the Watts Riots. Chief Daryl Gates’ "Circle the Wagons" attitude following the Rodney King beatings brought scrutiny through the Christopher Commission. Which then gave way to the kindler, gentler hand of Chief William Bratton and the advent of community policing. Our newest top cop, Chief Charlie Beck, a 35-year veteran of the force, promises to expand community policing further and instill a culture of cooperation all the way down the ranks. What challenges lay ahead for the LAPD?
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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