Daryl Gates, the former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, has died at age 83 after a battle with bladder cancer. Gates was most well known for his role in the Rodney King incident back in 1991.
Gates, who was chief of police in the United States’ second-largest city from 1978 to 1992, died of cancer at his home in Newport Beach, California, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a brief statement.
As chief during the 1980s, Gates earned a reputation for dealing with gangs, drugs and street crime with a mix of tough, paramilitary force and innovation, establishing the first Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, unit and deploying helicopters to help patrol the sprawling city.
But he came under fierce criticism after the violent March 3, 1991, arrest of Rodney King, a black parolee whose beating by Los Angeles police was captured on videotape and broadcast around the world as evidence of LAPD racism and brutality.