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L.A. Secret Police. Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
L.A. Secret Police. Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller. This incredible non-fiction book rips the lid off the LAPD and exposes the reader to its dark underbelly of corruption during the reign of Chief Daryl Gates. L.A. cops ruined lives and reputations, inflicted mindless brutality, committed murder and engaged in massive ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published January 8th 2014 (first published August 1st 1992)
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Jim Crocker
Nov 30, 2015 Jim Crocker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is for those of you who were around LA in the '80s and remember all the riots, mayhem, and cop issues going on there. It's an eye-opener written by a guy who was on the inside. When it first came out twenty years ago, it won accolades. It's still an eye-opener, as in, IT CAN'T HAPPEN HEEERE!

Well, think again. "What's that sound? Better take a look at what's going down?" It just ain't the way they tole you in school. Who was it said something about an "informed public"? Or whatever.

Nov 30, 2015 Licha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book left a bad taste in my mouth. The second half bored me and had me wondering what excatly was this book getting at?

The book sets out to portray LAPD as a corrupt entity, but some of the stuff in here sounds so farfetched, I'd really hate to think behavior like this is accepted. I'd hate to think that not one person would speak up against some of the racist behavior that was going on. Granted that this book goes back some years, starting with the 60's up until the early
Nov 30, 2015 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish there was an option for 0 stars or negative. This book was absolutely terrible. If you hate cops and think they are all completely corrupt and evil than you might like this book. Was the LAPD heirarchy a total mess during that time? yes. were there racist and corrupt cops? yes. but this book tries to blame everything on every cop in the lapd. from the chief all the way down to fresh recruits out of the academy are all corrupt, abusive, underhanded, racist biggots. This is simply not true. ...more
Bob Winter
An intriguing glimpse of an apparent misuse of power by Darrell Gates. After I'd read it, I wasn't surprised when Bernard Parks succeeeded Willy Williams as chief, following a "scandal" involving, among other things, Williams getting his hotel rooms comped in Las Vegas. Parks apparently ran that unit, had all the goods on everybody, and didn't seem to have many scruples about using what he could dig up to his own advantage. Trivia fact: my boss when I worked for the LA County Sheriff's ...more
Luke Charles
Nov 30, 2015 Luke Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and informative look into law enforcement in a major city. Many of the reviews of this book are negative because some refuse to believe or acknowledge what was printed in this book. I wonder why anyone who does not already have a skeptical view of law enforcement would even read this book. The corruption racism and abuse is described as systemic and not the work of a few bad apples. Witnessing the behavior of the NYPD toward its people and even its mayors (DeBlasio and Dinkins) I ...more
Nov 30, 2015 Benjamin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is half muckraking journalism and half trashy dime-store novel. While it relies exclusively on one source--the disgruntled ex-cop Mike Rothmiller who is targeted by his own division for failing to be corrupt enough--it provides a great deal of insight into the workings of the secret police division, as well as to the LAPD in general. Although now dated must-read for workers in the police accountability/police abolition movements, especially those interested in the Christopher Dorner ...more
Feb 13, 2016 Marley rated it it was amazing
Wow! This really puts James Ellroy in context,. I had a general overview of police corruption in LA, but this is nearly overwhelming. And, I think it makes sense to anyone who has ever worked in a pougueish bureaucracy or in political moements. I see some readers aren't so sure all this is true. If you doubt, look-up the Ramparts scandal which was exposed later and see just how bad things really are.
A.r. Donenfeld-vernoux
Mar 12, 2014 A.r. Donenfeld-vernoux rated it it was amazing
Interesting information on the intelligence division of the L.A. Police from one who was on the inside. If you would like to know exactly what the police really know about in the celebrity filled city of L.A. than this is the book for you. The type of information gathering was not what I had expected.
Michael Pelligrini
Feb 19, 2015 Michael Pelligrini rated it really liked it
Great book

It took balls for this former officer to put this story on paper. I give him credit for doing so. If we had more cops like this guy this whole country would be better. Well written and interesting. Makes you t think what is going on in other
Major cities.
Patrick Mead
Not a good book in my opinion - full of sour grapes and you can tell the author is an embittered ex-employee. Tiresome and I ended up skimming through the last third or so.
Good book. Extremely believable history of the excesses that seem to be an inherent part of the L.A.P.D.. Brutality, racism, cronyism and criminal conspiracy. Quite a legacy!!!
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Nov 30, 2015 Ivy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great insight into the workings of the LAPD.
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