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Gates stages a splashy arrest, while the rest of L.A. digs out

FLANKED BY 200 OTHER POLICE AND FBI AGENTS, INcluding a shotgun-toting swat team -- and TV camera crews, to be sure -- police chief Daryl Gates elatedly joined in the arrest of three suspects wanted for the beating of truck driver Reginald Denny at the outset of the Los Angeles riots. Leading the 2 a.m. raid into South Central with flak jacket and side arm, Gates personally collared one of the suspects, Damian Williams, whose nickname is "Football," and escorted him into a squad car. "Chief Gates, you're going!" Williams told the retiring police chief, according to what Gates recounted later....

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