The LA Police Department's Rampart Division scandal featured cops stealing drugs, abusing suspects, planting evidence and lying in court. One hundred criminal convictions had to be overturned, and cost taxpayers $72 million to compensate victims. The incident became symbolic of all that separates the LAPD from the communities it is supposed "to protect and to serve." That was seven years ago. But after Chief William Bratton came aboard in 2003, he asked for a new investigation. Now, civil rights attorney Connie Rice, who headed Bratton's Blue Ribbon Panel, says it's time for the City of Los Angeles "to put up or shut up." The panel says LA's entire "civic culture" has failed for 40 years, leaving millions of citizens vulnerable to police abuse, corruption and violence. We hear from Rice and get a response from Councilman Jack Weiss.
- Making News: Wildfires Destroy Thousands of Acres in San Bernardino County
Historic Pioneertown appears mostly saved, but there have been homes burned and widespread evacuations as a wildfire moves through the high desert. We get an update from Lewis Amestoy, who's been chasing the flames for the San Bernardino County Sun, and from business owner Robyn Celia.
San Bernardino County Sun article on spreading wildfire
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
'Rampart Reconsidered: The Search for Real Reform Seven Years Later'
Daily News article on Rampart, seven years later
The Streets of Rampart Today, Frontline program on