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Chief: My Life In The L.A.P.D.

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His supporters call him a real-life American hero. His detractors claim he's a racist, a loose cannon--and worse. In 43 years with the L.A.P.D., he's been involved with cases from Patty Hearst to the Hillside Strangler, the Watts Riots to the Black Panthers, the Robert Kennedy assassination to the video-taped beating of Rodney King. Now Gates tells all. 16-page photo inser ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Bantam
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Feb 19, 2015 Craven rated it did not like it
There's quite a few books out there by serial killers and psychopaths but with Chief you get right into the mind of a psychopathic megalomaniac in his own words. Except for several enraging parts and many laugh-out-loud delusions of grandeur this book is mostly boring. Here's some of the highlights pulled from memory.

- In the very first paragraph he talks of first hearing about the Rodney King beatings and thinks "oh no, when cops beat people up on videotape it always looks much worse than it is
This is very interesting because it gives a historical perspective on policing from the 50s and on. One things for sure Darrell Gates was an ego maniac. From talking about how he came out number one on tests ad nauseam to giving himself the flattering height of 5'11" to how women were attracted to him, Gates can never be accused of low self-esteem.

I'm about a third of the way through with the book and I don't know how much more about Gates I can stomach, but the police history and evolution is v
Jerrie Brock
Nov 27, 2013 Jerrie Brock rated it liked it
The story wasn't so bad, it was interesting to see the evolution of the LAPD but the writing was a tad tedious. The writing could have been a little smoother and with a bit more perspective. Its all great to show your determination in your autobiography, but at times I had the feeling that his determination blinded him to other things. The idea that there could have been issues with his department seems beyond his comprehension. That sort of made me understand how things could get out of hand. I ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Patricia rated it it was amazing
I read this book after the riots in Los Angeles. Insight information is so different from what the media reports. As an avid reader I've learned not to read too much into what the media reports; parts are true and mostly speculations. You have to pretty much look deeper; research and educating yourself gives you a better understanding. Doing your "homework".
Jun 30, 2014 Arlisscrowe rated it really liked it
Gates, in my opinion, did a good job on his memoir. Having grown up in the 70s and early 80s, I can relate to what was happening then.I found the book interesting and enlightening.

Paul Roland
Jun 27, 2011 Paul Roland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daryl F. Gates was the Chief of Police in LA for 14 years and was/is (not sure) the founder of community-based policing, SWAT, and the DARE programs... that's almost enough said right there. He's got some awesome stories in his book and I only wish that he hadn't gotten screwed over the Rodney G. King thing or he might have had a few more good stories and left the LAPD on better terms (albeit he did leave on his own terms anyways). If you can get past the fact that he writes like he doesn't writ ...more
Eric Bjerke
Jun 10, 2008 Eric Bjerke rated it really liked it
This book was more than an autobiography, it was a history of Los Angeles from the Watts Riots to the Rodney King Trial. I can't believe how much history Chief Gates experienced in his time with the LAPD. It was like reliving my childhood. If you grew up in the area and are familiar with the personality, you should love this book.
Thomas Lang
Mar 18, 2015 Thomas Lang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great Biography. Upstanding man who was LAPD police chief during some interesting times (Rodney King Riots). Straight shooter.
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Daryl Gates (born Darrel Francis Gates) was the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) from 1978 to 1992. His length of tenure was second only to that of William H.Parker. As chief of police, he took a hardline, aggressive, paramilitary approach to law enforcement. Gates is credited with the creation of SWAT teams and DARE. After the Rodney King inccident and the riots that followed, Ga ...more
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