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Daryl F. Gates

Gates' supporters gather at the Police Academy to cheer him on weeks after the videotaped beating of Rodney King by LAPD officers drew calls for the chief's ouster from Mayor Tom Bradley, civil rights leaders and many others. Gates refused to step down and a long-running battle over his leadership began. Related links: Daryl F. Gates dies at 83; innovative but controversial chief of the LAPD LAPD officers' union mourns death of former chief Timeline: Key events in his life Los Angeles Times