The LAPD Rampart Case Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The LAPD Rampart Case
A look at the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart case from a sociological perspective.
# 36287 | 1,150 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 02, 2003 in Sociology (General) , Criminology (General)

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The paper addresses the Rampart scandal and focuses on the role of the elite anti-gang unit known as Rampart Division's Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums, or CRASH. The paper describes the abuse committed by police officials and highlights how the victims were mostly the lower class minority groups, who through their social and racial status had been marginalized in ghettoes within the city. The paper explains that they were seen as the 'other' and thus targeted with violence from the police, judiciary and the officials of the government who were from the educated middle classes and upper class social segments and thus perceived the people living in the ghettoes as the violent encroachers of their land.

From the Paper:

"The Rampart scandal is considered to be the worst disaster of LA. Involved in it were at least 11 officers, and perhaps as many as 20, which had been relieved of duty. 40 convictions had been overturned since the scandal broke out with more cases under investigation. The base of the scandal is the Rampart Division's Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums, or CRASH, an elite anti-gang unit that was completely independent of the rest of the department and thus, had lee conception of accountability. Rampart handles a drug- and gang-infested area near downtown that was the most violent of areas. To counteract that violence the CRASH cops were considered the toughest of the tough. [1]
"When case of abuse by police officials was being studied by the government it was revealed that the amount of lies, false arrests, and wrongful convictions were rampant. The police chief suggested that rogue officers framed almost 99 people in three years by planting drugs or guns on them, and also may have reveled in shooting a few unarmed suspects."

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