Daryl Gates (born Darrel Francis Gates; August 30, 1926 – April 16, 2010) 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 beating and the riots afterward, Gates resigned from the police department.
Los Angeles Police Department’s Statement Regarding the Coroner’s Autopsy Report on the Death of Ezell Ford