City Will Pay $810,000 in Rampart Lawsuit

From Times Staff and Wire Reports September 14, 2006 The City Council agreed Wednesday to pay $810,000 to settle a lawsuit by Paul Bastidas, who alleged that Rampart anti-gang officers planted marijuana on him and wrongly arrested him in 1998 as part of a wider police corruption scandal. Bastidas served 30 months in prison after […]

City Attorneys Plan To Appeal Jury’s Verdict In Rampart Scandal

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POSTED: 10:35 am PST February 10, 2006 LOS ANGELES — Attorneys representing the city of Los Angeles say they’ll appeal a jury’s verdict awarding $5 million each to three former or current Los Angeles police officers in their civil rights violation lawsuit in connection with the Rampart scandal. Judge Overturns Award To Key Figure In […]

Former Chief Takes Stand In Rampart Lawsuit Trial

Parks Testifies His Goal Was To ‘Get To The Bottom’ Of Allegations POSTED: 6:03 pm PST January 31, 2006 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Former Los Angeles police chief Bernard Parks denied Tuesday ever hearing that disgraced officer Rafael Perez bragged he had framed officers and that a cellmate had offered to wear a wire to […]

Judge Overturns Award To Key Figure In Rampart Case

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August 9, 2005 LOS ANGELES — A judge has overturned a $6.5 million jury award to a man who was sentenced to prison in an assault case involving Los Angeles police officers later linked to the Rampart scandal, attorneys said Tuesday. Javier Ovando, who was sentenced to 23 years and four months in prison in […]

Jury Awards $6.5 Million in Frame-Up

Public defender for a man falsely imprisoned and shot by Rampart officers should have uncovered the police misconduct, panel finds. By Andrew Blankstein Times Staff Writer May 26, 2005 A man who was falsely imprisoned after being shot and framed by corrupt Rampart gang officers nearly a decade ago was awarded $6.5 million in damages […]

Rampart recipient faces murder trial

Los Angeles Daily News Rampart recipient faces murder trial By Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer Thursday, January 20, 2005 – LANCASTER — An ex-convict who was paid $250,000 by Los Angeles as part of the Rampart police scandal has been ordered to stand trial in the May 2004 slaying of a man in a Palmdale apartment […]

Ex-Chief Refuses to Discuss Rampart

Councilman Bernard C. Parks hasn’t cooperated with a city panel trying to assess the LAPD’s handling of the corruption scandal. By Scott Glover and Matt Lait Times Staff Writers August 23, 2003 As members of a special blue-ribbon panel begin to assess the Los Angeles Police Department’s handling of the Rampart corruption scandal, they’ll be […]

Evidence Backs Majority of Perez’s Allegations of Wrongdoing

Some still question his credibility, but investigators believe his charges have held up. By Scott Glover And Matt Lait Times Staff Writers August 11, 2003 Was Rafael Perez lying? Explaining why more police were not prosecuted for crimes that Perez alleged they had committed, some authorities have argued that Perez falsely implicated fellow officers. Some […]

Not All Scandals Are at Rampart

By Matt Lait and Scott Glover Times Staff Writers August 11, 2003 Although top LAPD officials have long maintained that the corruption they found in Rampart did not spill over to other divisions in the department, confidential law enforcement documents and discipline records suggest similar problems in other divisions. Officers from Southeast, Central, 77th and […]

Some officers caught up in investigation

August 11, 2003 Scores of LAPD officers were implicated in alleged crimes and misconduct in the Rampart scandal. Most were not prosecuted and remain on the job. Others resigned or were fired, but never faced criminal charges. Among those who were implicated in crimes, but were not prosecuted and still are employed by the LAPD: […]

Rampart Corruption Scandal: Born and Died in March 1997

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By Brian S. Bentley for Streetgangs.com March 10, 2003 If Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton is sincere about finding the truth about the Rampart Scandal, he must start at the beginning by reinvestigation the death of Los Angeles Police Officer Kevin Gaines. The Rampart Scandal started and ended with the death of Officer Gaines. […]

Give Rampart Investigators a Big Stick and Then Turn Them Loose

Code of silence must be crushed. By Erwin Chemerinsky and Constance L. Rice Erwin Chemerinsky is a professor of law and political science at USC. Constance L. Rice is a civil rights attorney. March 3, 2003 The truth about the LAPD’s Rampart corruption scandal never has been learned. How many officers engaged in illegal activity […]