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ACLU Takes Different View on Daryl Gates & Other Statements

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The ACLU this afternoon released their statement on the death of former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates, who often referred to Ramona Ripston, ACLU of Southern California's Executive Director, as “Ramona Ripoff." She offers some choice words:

Daryl Gates failed to react to a changing Los Angeles and a changing culture in policing. At a time of great unrest in our city, he was a lightning rod for criticism and controversy, and deservedly so, in part because of his penchant for making disturbing, overly broad statements. He inherited a police department with little respect for minority communities or for civil liberties and civil rights, and he continued that legacy throughout his career.

While not exactly a gushing statement, here's Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's statement:

I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Chief Daryl Gates. Chief Gates led the Los Angeles Police Department during a period of great change in our City. He will be remembered for creating the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program that became the national model for teaching children about the dangers of drug use and for his efforts to reevaluate the policies and practices of the LAPD that helped pave the way for a reformed Department committed to working with the communities it serves.