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Interesting:THE FILM "TRAINING DAY" WAS BASED ON OFFICER KEVIN GAINES
 

 
thought id share this for those who care, basically Lorenzo's story was a compilation of a few dirty LA cops stories, and instead of being k!lled by russian mobsters in the street, it was another cop

allegedly, as we noted before, the film "Training Day" was based on LAPD officer Kevin Gaines. 'The New Yorker' and 'Frontline' did a fascinating piece on Kevin Gaines, David Mack and Ray Perez. Read excerpts below.


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On March 16, 1997, black off-duty LAPD officer Kevin Gaines (pictured above, first photo) was shot and k!lled in a "road rage" dispute. Gaines, angry and allegedly out of control, pulled a gun on motorist Frank Lyga (pictured above) and threatened to "cap his a.ss." Lyga, it turned out, was an undercover LAPD narcotics detective. He drew his 9 mm pistol and shot Gaines through the heart. Only later did he learn that Gaines was also LAPD. The incident made international headlines: "Cop k!lls Cop."

According to Frank Lyga, March 18, 1997, was not a good day at work. He and other members of his team were staking out a suspected methamphetamine dealer, and Lyga was the point man, which meant sitting in his unmarked 1991 Buick Regal and waiting for a drug deal to happen, so that he could follow the suspects back to their source. He'd sat there for three hours trying to look like an inconspicuous badass—with a Fu Manchu mustache and a ponytail, and dressed in jeans, a tank top, and a baseball cap adorned with a marijuana-leaf logo—when the deal was called off and the team agreed to reconvene at the Hollywood station.

Lyga pulled his car onto Ventura Boulevard. While he was stopped at a red light, he heard the thumping beat of rap music at high volume emanating from a green S.U.V. that had pulled up next to him. Lyga says he glanced at the driver, a black man with a shaved head. The driver stared back. When Lyga rolled down his window and asked, "Can I help you?,'' the man made a menacing gesture and said, according to Lyga, "Ain't nobody looking at you, punk." Lyga was surprised by the confrontation. He a.ssumed that the other driver was a gang member, especially when, he says, the driver of the S.U.V. shouted, "Punk, I'll put a cap in your a.ss."

"He was a stone gangster," Lyga recalls. "In my opinion, in my training experience, this guy had 'I'm a gang member' written all over him. He had a shaved head, he had a goatee, wearing a nylon jumpsuit, driving a sport-utility vehicle." Lyga also stated that Gaines was flashing gang signs.

Lyga says he accepted a challenge from the other driver, suggesting that they pull over and have it out it right there. The driver of the S.U.V. did pull over, but Lyga bolted into traffic and drove off, chuckling as he glanced at his infuriated adversary in the rearview mirror. "I'm thinking, What an idiot, thinking I'm going to stop," Lyga recalls. " And I'm laughing, and I'm watching him in the mirror and he looked like he was going to rip the steering wheel off."

But the other driver pulled back into traffic, and a slow-motion chase ensued, with the S.U.V. edging through heavy traffic until it neared Lyga's car. Hoping that his partners were just a few blocks behind, Lyga radioed for help: "Hey, I got a problem. I've got a black guy in a green Jeep coming up here! He may have a gun."

Soon, Lyga was at another stoplight, and the S.U.V. started to pull up beside him on the left. Lyga swore, then unfastened his seat belt, anticipating a street f!ght. He again called for help—using a hidden radio microphone, activated by a foot pedal—and took out his gun, placing it on his lap facing the S.U.V. Lyga could plainly see the other driver now, and saw his arm extend across the passenger seat toward Lyga's car, his hand clutching what looked to Lyga like a steel-cased .45-calibre handgun. Lyga leaned forward, out of the line of fire, and radioed again: "He's got a gun!"

Lyga says he again heard "I'll cap you," then he raised his weapon, a 9-millimetre Beretta, and fired into the S.U.V., missing the driver. Two seconds later, Lyga fired again, and this time, he says, "I almost could hear the impact, the thud of the round hitting him, and I definitely saw it in his face." The S.U.V. wheeled away in a U-turn, then rolled into a gas station, and stopped. Lyga radioed a last transmission: "I just shot this guy! I need help! Get up here!"

Lyga pulled into the gas station and, holding his badge in his hand, yelled to a customer coming out of the station's minimart to call 911. Soon, a California Highway Patrol unit arrived, followed by Lyga's boss and the others on his stakeout team. Lyga had been right about his second shot—the bullet had struck the driver on his right side, puncturing his heart before stopping in his lung. Lyga had been right about the gun, too; the highway patrolmen found a stainless-steel 9-millimetre pistol on the floorboard of the S.U.V.

The other officers, following standard procedure, took control of the scene. A few minutes later, one of Lyga's partners approached him, and Lyga asked, "Is he dead?"

"Oh, yeah," his partner replied, "he's dead."

Good, Lyga thought. In eleven years on the force, he'd fired only two rounds, and had never before hit anybody; he was a brawler, not a shooter. But he figured that the guy in the S.U.V. had left him no choice.
Lyga returned to the station and awaited instruction—there would be paperwork, and investigators would want a reenactment of the shooting. A little over two hours later, Lyga's boss, Dennis Zeuner, told him about the man he'd shot, whose name was Kevin Gaines.

"The guy was a policeman," Zeuner said. "One of ours." Lyga said, around this time, 'black policemen started acting distant towards me.'

Russell Poole, who had a reputation as one of the LAPD's best homicide detectives, was a.ssigned to investigate the shooting. He discovered that Kevin Gaines drove an expensive Mercedes Benz, wore $5,000 suits, $1,000 Versace shirts, and lived his off-duty life in the fast lane of L.A. and Las Vegas nightclubs, a lifestyle he obviously didn't maintain on his $55,000-per-year policeman's salary. Gaines had many credit cards with expenses like the $952 he had dropped just the month before for lunch at Monty's Steakhouse in Westwood, a favorite hangout for black gangster rappers. And at the time of his death, Gaines was living with the ex-wife of gangster rap music mogul Suge Knight--whose own criminal history included eight felony convictions.

The most bizarre event in Gaines's recent past had occurred the summer before his run-in with Lyga, when cops responded to a 911 report of a shooting on the grounds of a Hollywood Hills mansion. Gaines, off duty, pulled up to the scene and got involved in an altercation with the responding officers. Their account was that Gaines became verbally abusive and provocative, and had to be handcuffed. "Tell these motherfu*kin' as*holes to take the cuffs off of me, motherfu*ker!" Gaines shouted. He taunted the officers, saying that he hated "fu*king cops." Gaines's account was that he'd been mistreated by the police. He hired an attorney and filed a notice of claim against the city. When the incident was investigated by the L.A.P.D.'s Internal Affairs division, it was discovered that the 911 call had been made by Kevin Gaines himself. "The evidence suggests that he did that to engage L.A.P.D. in a confrontation and basically wanted to secure a pension or whatever by filing a lawsuit," Russell Poole, a former L.A.P.D. detective, says.

Even more significant was the identity of the person who owned the Hollywood Hills home: Sharitha Knight, the estranged wife of the jailed gangsta-rap impresario Marion (Suge) Knight, who founded death Row Records. In the course of investigating the road-rage incident, Detective Poole discovered that the S.U.V. Gaines was driving—a green Mitsubishi Montero—was registered to Sharitha Knight. It was soon learned that Sharitha had been romantically involved with Gaines for some time, and that he was living with her at the time of his death.

Poole had heard talk around the force that cops earned big money off-duty working security for death Row; their badges and gun permits made them especially valuable. But to many cops the gangsta-rap scene as epitomized by death Row was, on the face of it, a crime scene. Gangsta cool glorified street violence, and Suge Knight's legend as a rap kingpin was notoriously colorful; the three-hundred-and-fifteen-pound record executive had, in building and maintaining a hundred-million-dollar enterprise, supposedly dealt with business a.ssociates by dangling one man by his ankles from a hotel balcony, smashing another's face with a telephone, and forcing another to drink urine from a champagne glass.

It turned out that Gaines, like a significant number of other LAPD officers, was working on the side to provide "security" for death Row Records. The FBI had been following Gaines, who they suspected was moving drugs and money around L.A. for death Row. Gaines was shameless. The vanity plates on his Mercedes read "ITS OK IA"--a brash taunt to the department's Internal Affairs department.

A week after the shooting, Kevin Gaines was buried, and his funeral was itself the cause of discord. The biggest a.ssociation of black officers, the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation (named after a policeman k!lled in 1968), requested an official police funeral with full honors, a ceremony reserved for policemen k!lled in the line of duty. Gaines received a semi-official police funeral, attended by both Willie Williams and Deputy Chief Bernard Parks.
Two months later, Cochran filed a twenty-five-million-dollar claim against the city, charging that Lyga was "an aggressive and dangerous police officer" who had failed to summon immediate medical a.ssistance for Gaines, contributing to his death, and that he had conspired to "hide and distort the true facts concerning the incident." The Gaines' family would eventually settle for $250,000.

In November, 1997, Lyga appeared again before the shooting board, which reviewed the evidence and the 3-D re-creation, and in December Bernard Parks, who had succeeded Williams as chief of police, reported that the shooting was within department policy; no action would be taken against him. The District Attorney's inquiry also eventually ruled that Lyga "acted lawfully in self-defense."

While investigating Gaines, Poole was led to another flashy black cop named David Mack (pictured above). Mack had grown up in a gang-infested Compton neighborhood before being hired by the LAPD. His nearly inseparable friend was fellow police officer Rafael Perez. Like Gaines, Mack and Perez lived large--nightclubs, girls, expensive cars and clothes.

Mack had grown up in the same Compton neighborhood as Suge Knight, and, like Knight, he'd escaped to find success in the world beyond the old neighborhood. He was a brilliant athlete, and had won a scholarship to the University of Oregon, where he ran track and made the United States national team running the eight hundred meters. He joined the L.A.P.D. in 1988. He was married, had two kids, and, by all accounts, was a good cop. But investigators discovered that, like Kevin Gaines, David Mack had a secret life off duty. He was a club crawler, a gambler, and a womanizer. After one of the women he was involved with, Errolyn Romero, became an a.ssistant manager at the bank, Mack saw his chance at the big score. Mack decided to rob the bank and made off with $772,000.

During their investigation, Detective Tyndall and his colleagues found that, on the force, Mack had kept to a tight circle of friends, mostly African-Americans. They also discovered that, two days after the bank robbery, two of those friends had accompanied Mack to a weekend blowout in Las Vegas, and that one of them was Mack's ex-partner from the narcotics beat, a former marine named Rafael (Ray) Perez (pictured above)

When Mack was arrested, in December, 1997, he refused to coöperate with police. He didn't tell them who his accomplices were, or what had happened to the money. "Take your best shot," he told Tyndall. He was apparently content to serve out his term—fourteen years in federal prison—and have the money to look forward to upon his release. When Mack was in custody, his jailers began to notice a gradual transformation in him. He started using a red toothbrush, then wearing a pair of red socks, and soon he was adorned by as much red as could be obtained, given his circumstances. David Mack renounced the L.A.P.D. and aligned himself with the Bloods. " It appears he has completely divested himself of all relationships of his life as a police officer," Parks says, "and he is basically a gang member. He has taken on the role of being a gang member in jail." Mack was eventually sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Meanwhile, Perez's coming and goings--and his astounding number of short cellular phone calls--convinced investigators he was dealing drugs. Following a six-month investigation, he was arrested for stealing eight pounds of cocaine from LAPD evidence lockers.

It was also revealed, within months of being cleared of k!lling fellow officer Kevin Gaines, Frank Lyga found himself in trouble again when one pound of cocaine evidence booked from one of his previous busts was found missing from the LAPD property room.

Investigators learned that the missing cocaine had been stolen by Rafael Perez, who they suspected, at the time, of targeting Lyga in retaliation for the shooting of Gaines. Perez cut a deal for a 12-year prison sentence.

And the shocking revelations keep coming. Recently, the Los Angeles Times reported that one of Perez's ex-girlfriends claims she saw Perez and David Mack murder two people at the Rampart cops' crash pad. She also claims she witnessed "a major cocaine transaction" between the two cops.

Investigators from a joint FBI/LAPD corruption task force told the Times "there is some corroboration." Perez's credibility, which has already been seriously undermined by other witnesses, could be totally destroyed if these allegations are proven to be true.

If this isn't enough, Mack and Gaines were also implicated in the murder of rapper, Notorious B.I.G.

Sources: "The New Yorker" and "Frontline." Photos courtesy of: Frontline


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16 comments for "Interesting:THE FILM "TRAINING DAY" WAS BASED ON OFFICER KEVIN GAINES"

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good find
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Rafael Antonio "Ray" Pérez (born 1967), is a former Los Angeles Police Department C.R.A.S.H officer and the central figure in the LAPD Rampart Scandal. He was involved in the coverup of a $722,000 bank robbery, shot and framed Javier Ovando, and stole and resold at least $800,000 of cocaine from LAPD evidence lockers.[1] He is accused of being a member of the Bloods, a notorious Los Angeles gang, and murdering rapper The Notorious B.I.G. at the behest of Suge Knight of death Row Records.[2] When Pérez was finally arrested, he implicated 70 other Rampart Division officers in various forms of misconduct, ranging from bad shootings to consuming alcohol while on duty. At least 106 LAPD arrests were overturned based on Pérez's testimony.Pérez and his partner Nino Durden famously shot and framed an unarmed gang member Javier Ovando. Ovando, who was left paralyzed, was sentenced to 23 years in prison based on the officers' false testimony. In the movie Training Day, Denzel Washington said he emulated the style of Rafael Perez to give his character Alonzo a more authentic aspect
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P DRILLA 103 heat pts103
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too long, didn't read



















































but i will later when i'm off work, good post
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If this isn't enough, Mack and Gaines were also implicated in the murder of rapper, Notorious B.I.G



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Street Kings based on Perez and Mack (Common and OG Bone's part)
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 bigscore said:
Street Kings based on Perez and Mack (Common and OG Bone's part)

Its funny how the most unlikely sh*t turns out to have truth in it i remember watching street kings and thinkin it was some total bullsh*t when common an og bone came into the flick, crazy how nessed up the world is, although the 2 actors were a bit too flambuoyant and melodramatic imo they were like comic book characters
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suge had biggie k!lled by dirty LA cops and a nation of islam dude was the shooter. educate yourselves
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damn nice..lol denzel played the hell out of that role...

"was she any good n*gga".........
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Good fu*kin read
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Nice!!! Where is mack and Perez now they should of been out like last year and the year before??
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 Yung Dilla said:
Nice!!! Where is mack and Perez now they should of been out like last year and the year before??

On July 24, 2001, Pérez was released from prison and placed on parole shortly after,
Pérez pled guilty to new charges resulting from the shooting of Javier Ovando. He was charged with conspiracy to violate Ovando's civil rights, and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. He went on to serve 5 years in federal prison.

Pérez, who legally changed his name to Ray Lopez after release, was arrested in July 2006 by Department of Motor Vehicles investigators while visiting his federal parole officer in Inglewood. Pérez pleaded no contest to lying in his application for a California driver's license on June 30, 2005.

Pérez was sentenced to an additional three years probation and 300 hours of community service.




Mack has refused to cooperate with police, and has bragged to fellow prisoners that his $700,000 bank score is invested in such a way that it will double in value by the time he concludes his 14 year sentence.[2] While in prison, Mack has severed his ties with the LAPD and has become an avowed member of the Bloods street gang. Mack's jailers report he uses a red toothbrush, wears red socks, and wears as much red as can be attained in a federal prison. According to former LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, "It appears he has completely divested himself of all relationships of his life as a police officer. He is basically a gang member. He has taken on the role of being a gang member in jail."[2] While serving his sentence, Mack apparently was involved in a gang-related confrontation while in prison that resulted in him being stabbed.[9]

Mack was released on May 14, 2010, and disappeared




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In the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas the character and main antagonist Officer Frank Tenpenny is loosely based on Rafael Perez. , the game plot involves three corrupt CRASH officers. The CRASH motto, "intimidate those who intimidate others," is earlier spoken directly by one of these characters.



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The television series The Shield is based on the Los Angeles Rampart Scandal, and the show's main character, Officer Vic Mackey, is based heavily on Rafael Perez.


In 2010, the crime drama movie Faster featured a police officer played by Billy Bob Thornton who is revealed to be a corrupt former Rampart CRASH officer


The action thriller movie Cellular featured a plot involving corrupt LAPD cops. Though it was not a serious crime drama, it used the Rampart Scandal to lend some credibility to the plot, showing a documentary segment of the Rampart Scandal in the bonus features of the movie DVD.

The 2011 film Rampart takes place during the Rampart scandal as the main character Dave Brown faces the consequences of his career.

The ensuing elimination of the Rampart CRASH division following the scandal is believed to have enabled the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang to grow its already substantial power among the Rampart district's Salvadoran population.[20] The rival 18th Street Gang continues to thrive in Rampart as well, with as many as 20,000 members in Los Angeles county.[21]

In extensive testimony to investigators, Pérez provided a detailed portrait of the culture of the elite CRASH unit. Pérez insisted that 90% of CRASH officers were "in the loop," knowingly framing innocent suspects and perjuring themselves on the witness stand. Pérez claims his superiors were aware of and encouraged CRASH officers to engage in misconduct; the goal of the unit was to arrest gang members by any means necessary. Pérez described how CRASH officers were awarded plaques for shooting suspects, with extra honors if suspects were k!lled. Pérez alleges that CRASH officers carried spare guns in their "war bags" to plant on suspects. In recorded testimony, Pérez revealed the CRASH motto: "We intimidate those who intimidate others. (i guess dr dre played one of those cops)


funny how much these dudes influenced pop culture but theyre story is not widely known, id pay to see a movie about this anyday


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Mane this sh*t is crazy... too much to say... pop culture influence... money hungry cops... dismissive society... still going on...

LAPD cops could really right a book full of short stories about corruption though out the 90s and now. Get like 5 dirty cops they can be rich
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gonna be interesting to see what hollywood does when they finally decide to make a Christopher Dorner film.
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