Gates, who led the department for 14 years, was in charge at the time of the 1991 beating of Rodney King and the riots that followed. He also instituted SWAT teams and implemented anti-drug programs.
Daryl F. Gates, the rookie cop who rose from driver for a legendary chief to become chief himself, leading the Los Angeles Police Department during a turbulent 14-year period that found him struggling to keep pace with a city undergoing dramatic racial and ethnic changes, died Friday. He was 83.
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