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Rampart Scandal

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The Rampart Scandal was the corruption of the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) anti-gang unit of the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division in the late 1990s.

It became public when officer Rafael Perez was arrested for stealing eight pounds of cocaine, valued at a million dollars, from the evidence lockup, and negotiated a deal with prosecutors in exchange for immunity.

More than 70 officers in the CRASH unit were involved, with offenses including shootings, beatings, planting of evidence, framing of suspects, stealing and dealing narcotics, bank robbery, perjury, and covering up evidence.

Several Rampart officers were on the payroll of hip-hop music executive "Suge" Knight of Death Row Records, a convicted felon connected to the Bloods gang. Three CRASH officers carried out the 1997 drive-by murder of hip-hop artist Notorious B.I.G.

The scandal resulted in thousands of overturned criminal convictions, due to tainted evidence and corrupt police work.

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