Gang Sweep in Paramount: The LA county Sheriff’s department sent deputies out to do an early morning gang sweep in the Paramount, Downey and South Gate areas. Ten alleged gang members were arrested in efforts to clean up the south Los Angeles neighborhood. The deputies confiscated a pile of evidence from the early morning sweep (2 min).
LAPD Rampart Division Discusses Reform: Police chief Bernard Parks is asked by the media about the police corruption in the department. Police commissioner Gerald Chaleff gives interview about reforms that will work properly to make the department more reliable and responsible (1 min).
Pit-bull Attacks in Los Angeles: Pit bulls are blamed for their violent mauling on 2 children recently, in Los Angeles. Some say that the dog has gotten a bad rap due to the nature of their owners who have trained them to be vicious (2 min).
Salvador Ochoa: A Victim of Rampart Police Corruption: Corrupt police officers from the Rampart division who framed suspects are being investigated. Rafael Perez is named as one of the corrupt officer who shot innocent unarmed citizens during police raids (3 min).
Inside California’s Corcoran Prison: Reported as hell behind the walls of Corcoran prison is also considered the deadliest prison. The security housing unit (SHU) is known as the prison inside the prison. Some Inmates are moved to the SHU section of the prison, and is isolated from the prison population. The gang activity and violence is prevalent, and divided along racial lines (4 min).
New Anti-Gang Units Have New Rules: The police chief, Bernard Parks tells the media that a new unit is coming back on May 10th, at least partially. He emphasizes that the unit will not be called CRASH and will be different from previously when Rafael Perez was involved. (1:26 min)
DNA Testing Releases Innocent Men from Jail: Eye witnesses are the most persuasive to the jury during a trial but details of one case of an eyewitness takes a turn. The eyewitness in this case was also the victim who was kidnapped, attacked and raped. The victim’s story unravels when her testimony is questioned as DNA was eventually introduced. DNA testing eventually helped the case exclude two innocent men who was charged and sentenced to jail. Their charges were eventually dismissed but not until the Mayhem brothers spent half their lives in jail for a crime they did not commit (9 min).
Life on the Police Force: LAPD officer’s daily duties and responsibilities on the streets are shown. A police officer arrests a young man assumed to be a gang member. The officer drives him through the neighborhood and questions him to give him names of his other gang member involved in a crime. Other officers are working at the beach to investigate a shooting of a police officer by the 18th Street gang (30 min).
LAPD Police: Life on the Beat: The show gives us a visual window to the life on the streets of Los Angeles as a police officer. Two LAPD police officers chase a Hispanic male suspect into the bushes in attempt to apprehend him (9 min).
Victims Speak up about Rampart Police Corruption: New reports come out about the Rampart corruption and the new information Sonja Flores claims her ex-boyfriend Rafael Perez committed. Flores claims Perez murdered a son and his mother then buried them in Mexico. The Police dept is investigating accusations in order to validate claims. Girlfriend also implements David Mack, another officer said to be involved in the crimes with Perez. Her story has changed since she was first interviewed earlier that year says the police department (2 min).
A Cross Found Burning Outside an Interracial Couple’s Home: A cross was burning outside, in the driveway of Steven Russell’s home in Shadow Hills. He and his neighbors are in disbelief that this happened in their neighborhood (2 min).
John Gotti’s incriminating audio Tapes: Gotti has never done an interview and this is the first time you hear him talk of his reason why he is in jail and his life now as a convicted felon. Gotti is heard on the tape blaming everyone why he is in prison. He also concedes at times that he did make mistakes in his life. The audio was taped in 1998 while in Marion Prison during a visit with his daughter Victoria, his brother Pete and one of his grandsons (11 min).
The Life of Women In the Prison System: A term in the SHU is expressed by women who are locked up in prison. Women are sent to the SHU for reasons of punishment from getting into a fight with an officer or another inmate, or to cool off. The inmates tell their story how they are treated once they are there in the SHU (18 min).
Disputes Over Mumia Abu-Jamal Death Sentence Raise New Questions: Abu-Jamal, was a rising black journalist when he was arrested at a murder scene. Sam Donaldson investigates the case now that there is a new witness who has come forward with new claims that could change everyone’s opinion on the case (22 min).
Spur Posse Member Dana Belman Regretful of His Past: Belman was released from jail after serving 5 years for credit card fraud. Charges were dropped on the rape charges because the women in the sex scandal were all consensual participants. He is out and wants to get his life back without people remembering him for the case. Gloria Alred was the attorney for the women at the time. Belman has a website to tell his story but still uses the Spurr Posse name which makes people feel he is not apologetic as he claims to be (4 min).
LA Residents Speak Out Against LAPD Scandal: This was the third public hearing meeting from residents who are speaking out against the LAPD’s corruption. One resident says the gang they most fear is the LAPD in response to the Rampart scandal (1 min).
Female Crime Rates Rise While Other Crime Rates Decline: Daphne Abdel, a juvenile at the time she stabbed a man in NY Central Park. Girls are committing crimes like never before. The average age of girls in the criminal justice system is now 14 years old which is alarming (2 min).
Police Pursuit included quick interview with Reporter from his Car: The chase lasted 2 hours and started in Hollywood after the man being chase rammed gates of a TV station. He tried to get a message across to news media as well as Larry Clark of channel 9 as he tried to surrender to Clark. He drove very erratically during the chase (8 min).
Funeral of Lori Gonzales, Police Chief Bernard Park’s Granddaughter: Lori was violently murdered in the streets of Los Angeles on May 28, 2000. Parks thanked everyone especially one of his officers named Natalie Wisinton for their support after the murder of his grand daughter (3 min).
Gang Injunction Placed on 18th St. Gang in Los Angeles: James Hahn, La City Attorney discusses the legal actions taken to clean up a particular neighborhood. The police department hopes to have this same legal action taken around the city. Gang members would be barred from harassing people, assembling on the streets and will have a curfew (1 min).
Rampart Officer and Informant Rafael Perez is released: Former, disgraced police officer Perez was released early from a sentence of 5 years which he only served 3 years. He was serving time on a drug charge that was related to the Rampart police scandal. An appeals panel refused to reverse an order to set Perez free and allowed him to be released earlier (3 min).