Rodney King Police Chief Dead

- By Bossip Staff

Controversial former LAPD Police Chief, Daryl Gates is dead from bladder cancer. He was best known for his mishandling of the Rodney King incident, where cops who were videotaped beating the motorist were acquitted, prompting the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Pop the hood.

[He] generated controversy with gaffes about Latinos, blacks and Jews, most famously with a remark about blacks faring poorly under police chokeholds because their physiology was different from that of “normal” people.

After forensic experts said there was no such difference between races, he apologized.

He also made disparaging comments about Latinos and once told a congressional committee that drug users should be shot — even though he later acknowledged that his own son had a long drug history.

Mr. Gates’s police career began to unravel with the 1991 beating of King, which was videotaped by a man in a nearby apartment after King was pulled over for speeding. The video of the prolonged beating was televised, and audiotapes of the officers making racist remarks about the incident were made public.

Although Mr. Gates criticized the officers’ actions, he dismissed them as an aberration. Critics said they represented a pattern of abuse directed at minorities under Mr. Gates’s watch.

When the officers were acquitted April 29, 1992, one of the worst outbreaks of civil unrest in Los Angeles history erupted. Six days of violence left more than 50 people dead, more than 1,000 injured and 600 buildings damaged or destroyed.

Gates was 83.


More Stories From Bossip


  • she

    Meet genuine successful, independent men who want to share their success and wealth with an attractive, sophisticated lady at S e e k i n g A f f l u e n t c O m

  • thablackyoutube

    Well said.

  • Marquis de Sade

    No tear lost or sympathy over this MUGGA FUGGA!

  • gg


  • Clarkekent3000

    Burn In Hell Cracka!

  • Phuck That D E V I L

    burn in hell c r a c k a w/ the rest of the whyte folks

  • http://aol ebonieladi

    I know you are supposed to say good things about the dead so I’ll just say this: He’s dead-GOOD.

  • true talk

    serves the fool right! hope he had a long painful slow death!

  • HF

    Since you’re not supposed 2 speak ill of the deceased, I’ll say this:

  • HF

    …and that’s all I got 2 say about that.

  • L.A. LADY


  • anonymous

    good riddance may he burn in hell for eternity

  • Ti

    Karma is the great equalizer!

    thank god he;s dead!

  • E

    I live in LA unlike you idiots! He was a great chief you guys only focus o n the negative parts of his 14 years in service. Im also mexican and you can’t deny blacks and hispanics are doing 80% of the crimes in LA. ” And they say its the white man i should fear but its my own kind doing all the killing here” – 2pac

  • Marquis de Sade


    STFU, you mis-guided leafblower. I live in L.A. too, and probably longer than you. Gates’ was a racist-azz N.A.Z.I, who instilled said N.A.Z.I.-like qualities in those storm troopers you call L.A.’s. FINEST!

    Lets’ see how OBJECTIVE your azz will be when you’re pulled over for DWB: DRIVIN WHILE BROWN!

  • msdavis

    If you didn’t know the man personally, then you shouldn’t comment. At the end of the day, we all belong to someone. This man is someone’s son, at the very least…a father, uncle, grandfather and friend. Cancer is a horrible disease and doesn’t only strike people we feel did something wrong.

    Something to think about: what happened before the tape started rolling? We will never know….but we know why Rodney resisted arrest. He’s been very vocal about it…he was under the influence of drugs. While that doesn’t excuse the behavior of some, we all know drugs tend to make you think out of your right mind. dare I mention the footage some may have seen on Celebrity Rehab.

  • mekdy

    Well well well one more whit devil to contend with I hope he an his father satan have a good time kickn it racist itch I cud careless I care more about the smell of water than I do him uck him o marquis de sade amen

  • Xster

    Good riddance!!! Racist bastard!

  • Whome!!!!!!!!

    I’m glad my last name ain’t king. I’m just saying………..

  • 100

    See Ya…..Beyoch!!!!

  • bococalady

    what did they say about KARMA?

  • smittyt

    @E,you,re so full of it white boy.

  • that damn sh#$ disturber

    …as he wakes up in hell wondering how he got there!

1 2
blog comments powered by Disqus