Los Angeles: Gangsta Cops

As the L.A.P.D. scandal keeps growing, a city asks itself, How could the police have gone so bad?

So what have you got for us? It's the question D.A.s always throw back at criminals looking to save their own hides. O.K., then, what bigger fish are you going to help us fry? In this case the perp, Rafael Perez, was a Los Angeles cop accused of stealing 6 lbs. of cocaine from downtown headquarters to sell on the street. If Perez wanted to plea bargain that, he'd better offer something pretty good.

He did. Perez admitted that he and his partner had shot an unarmed, handcuffed 19-year-old and planted a rifle on him to cover it up. And then...

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