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Former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates hospitalized with 'very serious malady' [Correction]

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/04/16/gates.jpgFormer Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates, who led the department for 14 years, has been hospitalized with a serious medical condition, the current chief said Tuesday.

Chief Charlie Beck informed the police commission during its Tuesday meeting that he had visited the former LAPD chief in the hospital over the weekend. Beck said Gates, 83, had a "very serious malady." He did not describe the nature of Gates' illness.

"I ask everyone to keep him in their prayers," Beck said.

Gates began his career as the driver for former Chief William H. Parker. Throughout his career he made headlines, often verbally sparring with Mayor Tom Bradley and council members.

Known as the father of the modern SWAT team, he retired in the wake of the 1992 riots after the Rodney G. King beating trial. Prior to the riots, the Christopher Commission had issued a scathing report on the department under Gates.

Many police experts say Gates help developed many of the tactical responses used in modern policing. Gates, who attended Beck's recent swearing-in as chief, remained a popular figure with rank-and-file officers.

[For the record, 1:40 p.m.: An earlier version of the post incorrectly listed Gates' age as 82. It also said  he resigned following the 1992 riots. Gates' retirement was actually prompted by the Christopher Commission report, which was critical of his leadership and came before the riots.]

Update on Gates' condition

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Los Angeles Times

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Chief Gates--On your "Watch" you did a lot for the LA Police Dept. I think local history will accord you that accomplishment. You will be in our prayers and thoughts indeed!!

After the 1992 Riots he was dubbed a Racist, I am not sure if he was prejudice against people of Color or People who commited Crimes. One thing is for sure.. he was agressive against Crime, Something the Many Communities of Los Angeles Miss.

To many of us living under the tyrany of gangs, he will always be remembered as a hero! He was a truth teller in a den of liars!! Yes, this is coming from a person of color. God is with you Chief, keep him close to you!!

I wish the Chief a speedy recovery. Those who knew him and worked for him in the Department respected him. He was a great leader and a decent human being.

Mr Gates, in recognition of all that you've done for professional law enforcement, and the county of Los Angeles, I find it hard not to remember, and pray daily for you.

It was only after I read his bio "Chief" that I really understood who Daryl F. Gates was. I had a whole new perspective about his job, his views and his own personal struggles. I recommend reading his bio. It made me understand so much.

Wishing the Chief a speedy recovery.

The Chief is in my prayers

Get well soon Chief!!!

What an awful man.

To paraphrase what Gates said about African Americans and his chokholde policy, "I can't help it if they are designed differently then us." I recall him making the statement with a smile and laughing about it.

chief gates set relationships between blacks and law enforcement back fifty years to the jim crowe era.for this he deserves our collective disdain

Chief Gates~ May you recover soon and have a peaceful retirement You accomplish a lot in Life. I remember the Ram~ busting up doors of drug dealer etc. made headlines! Will say a prayer. Thanks for trying to keeping LA safe~

God bless you and your family Chief

The criminals hated him...

However, it appeared that the officers and taxpayers loved him...

This man was nothing, but problems for the minority folk in LA. Don't know about the "everyone keep him in your prayers", If I pray for this dude he might not be able to hold on further

Warren and bfamily...your idiots.....

Chief Gates,

You were my Chief growing up in LA during the late 70's, 80's and early 90's. You are the Chief that I remember and respect. I was always pleased to see that you were enjoying your retirement over the last 15+ years. Yes, you made mistakes in the department, and yes some of them sounded really bad, but you are a hero to millions of people and let's not forget that. You did much good for the City, and it is appreciated.

We have been lucky enough to have a top-notch Mayor over the past few years who is not only a strong leader and communicator, but is one who supports LAPD from the bottom of his heart. In addition, we have been just as lucky to have top-notch Chiefs including Chief Bratton & Chief Beck.

I am a proud citizen of the City of Los Angeles and very fond of its history.

Thank you for all your hard work and leadership.

Chief a speedy recovery, you are in our prayers.

timmy t, it's "you're" not your.

The greatest Police Chief in the World!!!!! I came on the LAPD because of him... and he was a true leader!!!! I love you Darryl, hang in there

Get well, Chief. Police work has very sadly not been the same since you retired. It'll never be like that again. Helluva shame too.

From being a toady to "Wild Bill Parker" to claiming that the veins of African-Americans don't work "the same as normal people...".

Mr. Gates was a racist, a bigot, a horrible police officer, ask anyone who served with him, not under him.

Hope he finds some peace in his horribly troubled life.

chief gates brought to policing all over the world the safest ways to respond to routine calls and the dangerous calls . cops all over the world wanted to police as lapd did which doesnt relent an inch to the criminal element

Many thanks to Chief Gates for the great job his did for this city. It was and is a difficult position to be in and not a popular one...but he performed it with great pride.

My thoughts and prayers to you and your family for the sacrifices that you made.

God Bless Chief Gates!

Oh dear, hope he'll pull out of whatever is wrong with him. 83 years old suffering some sort of malady? it doesn't sound good though

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