Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Todd E. Bricker
There have been many corruption scandals in police agencies across the United States. The Rampart Division scandal in 1999, involving officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, is perhaps one of the worst. More than 70 officers were implicated in misconduct, including unprovoked beatings and shootings, planting and covering up evidence, stealing and dealing drugs, and perjury. The officers involved in the Rampart corruption scandal were driven by power, racism, and greed. The City of Los Angeles faced more than 140 civil lawsuits with an estimated settlement cost of $125 million. Consequendy, more than 100 cases have been overturned and many more are tainted. The Rampart Division of the Los Angeles Police Department is located west of downtown Los Angeles. It is the most populous area of Los Angeles, consisting chiefly of a large Latina/o population. This division is one of the busiest for the police in terms of calls ...