ACLU of Southern California Calls for Special Prosecutor to Investigate Police Corruption Scandal

September 23, 1999 12:00 am

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LOS ANGELES — The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California today called on Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti to name a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute those involved in unlawful activities at LAPD’s Rampart Division.

“As details of this scandal continue to emerge, it is all too apparent that the LAPD is incapable of policing itself,” said Elizabeth Schroeder, Associate Director of the ACLU of Southern California.

“The public needs to know that a truly independent prosecutor is working to uncover the truth,” she added. “Those who have created a culture of deception and violence while exploiting the protection of their badge need to be held accountable for their actions.”

The special prosecutor must be empowered with:

  • the power to subpoena and prosecute to the full extent of the law,
  • the ability to independently investigate, without impediment, allegations of police wrongdoing, and,
  • the resources and complete support of the District Attorney and his staff.

The ACLU said that the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to handle police corruption matters would provide an additional check on police practices and thus bolster the vitally important civilian oversight functions of the Police Commission and Inspector General.

“Only a comprehensive and impartial investigation can restore the public’s faith in the LAPD,” Schroeder said.

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