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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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Rest in peace, Daryl Gates. Condolences to his family,

As for the caption, that was disrespectful & uncalled for. May whoever made that decision get as much respect at their time.

1620 days ago


yeah I have no sympathy for a racist. This was one of the biggest pieces of recent American history to go into school books--- a police chief is a politician and he was bad at both

1620 days ago


LAPD's last chief that had any guts. The press are the one's that created a false image of chief Gates. One that wasn't based on facts, but biased perception of facts.

1620 days ago


I am so glad that GOD does NOT sleep, and GOD also remembers EVERYTHING.

1620 days ago


Oh TMZ, do you really need to associate this mans legacy with the Rodney King escapade. A simple "Former Los Angeles Chief of Police Daryl Gates Dies" would do.
FYI, the "city did not burn". Just the parts where the under educated, crime mongering idiots lived. Who burns up their own neighborhood? Go ahead and check out "LA Riot Spectacular" on youtube!!! You'll see for yourself!
RIP Chief Gates

1620 days ago


Thank God!!! People Like Him, Deserve To Die!! Dumb Jerk. Its Sad He Stayed Alive This Long!! He Is NOT Going To Be Resting In Peace He Is Going To Hell... Ta-Ta.

1620 days ago


i hope he burn and get hung by a black angel

1620 days ago


He was the founding father of S.W.A.T does anyone know that?

1620 days ago


Beans, beans, the musical fruit.
The more you eat, the more you TOOT.

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1620 days ago


He's going to Hell and having a special dinner in his honor, and on the menu for RACIST Gates, it's Big Bob w a special ****-meat sandwich. I like #40 who supports the dead Gates and then makes racist remarks about where the blacks were living. That's class!! NOT. I can only imagine that you supported Bush too? Gates was a RACIST!! Oooh he invented SWAT!! Another bunch of ****ing morons with semi-automatic weapons and a known violent tendency. Big ****ing deal. Did he do anything for low-income areas in South-Central? Nope. And just because your mother/grand-mother/great aunt tootie knew RACIST Gates doesn't mean you know him. He was corrupt, Racist who right about now is gagging on that cok-meat sandwich. Burn Gates, BURN!

1620 days ago


Daryl Gates was a right wing john bircher who didnt give a rats ass about people rights. Just another cop who felt his job was to suppress suppress suppress. Good riddance. May he not rest in peace.

1620 days ago


all of you retired and active DIRTY all think you're really bad with your shinny boots and badge pay close attention.

Karma is a dish best served cold and forgotten.

1620 days ago


Burn in hell, Daryl Gates. I send your family my coldest regards

1620 days ago


This man invented SWAT - changing police tactics around the world and saving thousands of lives. And all TMZ writes about is Rodney King, a convicted felon. You ought to be ashmed of yourselves. This man is an American hero!

1620 days ago


He was praised by republicans and honored by notzis and kkk members in california also racist to blacks and allowed prison wars to continue and allow mexican mafia drug dealers to pollute our neighborhoods with drugs and guns may he rest in hell my evalueation of his work sums it up he was a crooked cop praised by the greedy people of this great state know as republicans rest in hell bro.

1620 days ago
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