Chief: My Life in the LAPD

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Bantam Books, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 463 pages
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Gates also discusses his fight against L.A.'s violent street gangs, his feud with the ACLU, and the secret files he is rumored to have kept on numerous prominent citizens. He speaks openly of his painful and troubling relationship with his son, Scott, a convicted felon and former heroin addict, as well as the personal impact that the Rodney King case has had on his own life. And he presents his seven-point program for keeping our streets--and all of us who walk them--safe. During his forty-three years as an L.A. cop, Gates has been bitten by a street hustler, protected presidents, crossed swords with politicians, and gone to the mat with the media. A powerful friend and ally, he is also a formidable and unforgiving foe. But whether recalling his tough working-class childhood, reliving his days as a beat cop on L.A.'s meanest streets, or setting the record straight with an old political rival, he always speaks his mind. Chief is as controversial and candid as the man himself.

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With all the bad press Gates has gotten over the years, I wasn't really expecting a good memoir. I was pleasantly surprised how good of a book it is. He covered a long, interesting career; he made a difference and his points of view make sense. I enjoyed it.

Contents

Prologue
1
Streetfighter
7
Rookie
20
Parker
33
Gamblers Drunks Prostitutes and Scumbags
46
Climbing and Learning the Ropes
66
Intelligence
81
Watts
101
Internal Affairs
234
Take This Badge and Shove It
245
Games Within the Games
268
To Kill a Cop
295
Casual Drug Users Should Be Shot
306
Guns and Gangs
334
To Protect and To Serve
346
Outrage
365

SWAT
120
Shootouts in the Streets of L A
134
The Ghosts of Kennedy and Monroe
160
Evil
177
Chief
200
Eulia Love
217
The Long Goodbye
391
August 1992
415
Acknowledgments
447
Index
451
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