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LAPD officers' union mourns death of former Chief Daryl Gates

April 16, 2010 |  7:27 am

The president of the union representing rank-and-file Los Angeles officers called the death of former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates a great loss for the city of a “cop’s cop” and devoted public servant.

Gates' death was announced Friday morning. He had been diagnosed with cancer.

“Los Angeles has suffered a great loss with the death of Chief Gates," union President Paul Weber said in a statement. "Chief Gates was a truly devoted public servant who committed his life to improving the lives of others in Los Angeles.”

"He was a man of courage and character who had a deep commitment to the rule of law, with a deep pride of the LAPD. “ Weber continued. "Chief Gates was a cop’s cop, revolutionizing critical policing tactics and changing the face of modern law enforcement around out the world.”

Even after retiring, Gates was an active supporter of LAPD officers, making frequent appearances to honor officers for their service – from retirements and funerals to ceremonies and charity events, Weber said.

“Chief Gates’ presence could always be counted on,” he said. "The men and women of the LAPD join the community in offering our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Gates family as they endure this painful loss."

-- Richard Winton