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Police Chief in Rodney King Incident Dies

4/16/2010 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Daryl Gates Police Chief  in Rodney King Incident DiesDaryl Gates -- the man who was the LAPD Chief during the 1991 Rodney King incident -- has died.

Gates -- who was 83-years-old -- was heavily criticized for his "weak response" to the videotaped beating of Rodney King at the hands of several LAPD officers ... which ultimately led to the infamous L.A. riots.

Gates was suffering from bladder cancer.

According to ABC7, Gates died at his home in Southern California.

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Trainwrecks    

He was police chief when guilty OJ was let go by the dumbest jury in history. Maybe Gates and Johnny Cochran can have a go round in the boxing ring wherever they are now and duke it out.

1628 days ago
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dailypiff    

it happens. dont want to say "good"

1628 days ago
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Andria    

you people make me sick......RIP Chief Gates..LAPD mourns you

1628 days ago
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Cleveland Gal    

The Rodney King incident was almost 2 decades ago, give it a rest. He made one mistake long ago, Rodney King on the other hand has made many since that time. R.I.P

1628 days ago
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F the police    

This guy was a racist jerk. Too bad he lived this long.

1628 days ago
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BudPun    

This man made mistakes just like the rest of us have. Only his was televised. This man has also done many good things just like most of us also have. And just like most of ours his too will never be televised. At least not on the same scale as his mistakes. Let it go folks. Unless you were damaged in some way by this man let it go. Even if you were damaged in some way by this man haven't you had enough time to heal. It's been enough time for most stable people.
Rest in peace, Chief.

1628 days ago
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Bonnie    

I was just wondering how it was Chief Gates fault that the stupid jury found OJ Simpson not guilty he wasn't in the juror room maybe if he had been they would have voted the right way. Rest in peace Chief Gates.

1628 days ago
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Caution    

My day is now off to a beautiful start...just sayin!

1628 days ago
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head    

So you will announce HIS death but Peter Steel of Type O Negative, truly a gifted musician and inspiration gets NOTHING?



TMZ, I cannot figure you guys out sometimes.

1628 days ago
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rodney    

good riddance!
this douchebag let the city of LA burn because of a personal pissing match with mayor bradley...
check out "LA Riot Spectacular" on youtube!!!

1628 days ago
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WAYNE    

He trained the Lieutenant who pulled his men out instead of standing and defending.

1628 days ago
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Rae    

you guys are so stupid. He was still part of someone's family. Like Biggie said "I wouldnt wish death on anyone, there's no coming back from that" BUT Peter Steel will also be missed :) xo!



RIP

1628 days ago
13.

havok    

BURN IN H3LL U RACIST POS!

1628 days ago
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J.NEAL    

MY CONDOLENCES TO DARYL GATES FAMILY, HE WAS GOOD GUY, FRIENDLY



-JONATHAN NEAL
MISSION VIEJO,CA

1628 days ago
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Lamont Johnson    

Although I feel sad when anyone passes , I lived through THE RIOTS, and those RACSISTS cops, were a**holes and Gates was the HEAD ass****, don't jave any remorse at all, he truly didn't like minorities, and IT SHOWED, and for the record some of his "boys" are still workin' the streets of LA.

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