Caught Off Guard

A report on the L.A. riots singles out the city's former top cop as a culprit

AS COPS GO, LOS ANGELES POLICE CHIEF DARYL Gates was rough. But he apparently wasn't ready -- at least not last spring, when the city exploded just hours after a jury found four police officers not guilty in the beating of motorist Rodney King. In a report titled "The City in Crisis," an investigative team led by former fbi and cia Director William Webster found there was an absence of any real and workable plan to respond aggressively to the crisis. While the report assigned blame to various members of city government, the lion's share of criticism was leveled against Gates...

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