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Former Los Angeles Police Chief Laid to Rest

Former Los Angeles Police Chief Laid to Rest

Los Angeles Police officers and members of the public pay their final respects to the 49th Los Angeles Chief of Police Daryl Gates' closed casket on display at the LAPD Administration Building Civic Auditorium on Monday, April 26, 2010, in Los Angeles. Lo

Associated Press

April 27, 2010

LOS ANGELES — A funeral service will be held Tuesday for former Los Angeles police Chief Daryl Gates.

Gates served as chief from 1978 to 1992 and died of cancer earlier this month at his Dana Point home.

The private service will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels beginning at 9 a.m., followed by a public honors ceremony in the cathedral plaza. A closed-casket viewing for the public was held Monday at police headquarters in downtown.

Gates helped professionalize the department and created the first SWAT team but he also was outspoken and controversial.

His final years as chief were marred by the Rodney King beating and 1992 riots. Police were criticized for their slow response to the violence, which left dozens dead.

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