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Social Import: The Cracks in the System
An integral component to the infrastructure of government is law enforcement. In over two
hundred years of prosperity, the United States has relied heavily upon the integrity of
its law enforcement in maintaining order and securing the civil liberties of the American.
The conduct and code of the police force in the United States has been exemplary, and has
set the standards by which many nations have modeled their police departments after that
of the U.S.. Disregarding the chain of the insidious debauchery during the 1920's where
prohibition resulted in prevalent organized crime and police corruption, law enforcement
in America has maintained its scruples. However, as America enters into the new
millennium, the integrity of the United States Law Enforcement is being compromised once
again. With the recent outbursts of brutality and corruption within the urban areas of the
United States, the civil liberties and public freedoms that this great nation was founded
upon are being jeopardized as the citizens from the urban sectors to the suburban regions
of America are being denied their rights.

Numerous incidents of police scandal have been recorded in several different cities
throughout the United States. These incidents are becoming commonplace in the daily lives
of many urban Americans. Police departments across the nation are becoming increasingly
careless and apathetic in the preservation of integrity in their departments, but none
have been as blatantly in violation of law enforcement codes as the Los Angeles Police
Department. With its reputation in question for the better part of the 1990's after
recovering from the mishandling of the 1965 Watts Riots, the Los Angeles Police Department
proved has proven itself guilty of violent brutality and devious corruption in the recent
scandal; the largest scandal in the history of the department.

In an investigation conducted by a collaboration of agencies from the FBI to the Los
Angeles District Attorney's to the LAPD's internal-affairs unit, investigators unraveled
the cases of hundreds of wrong fully indicted victims. The evidence found in these
investigations have led to the reversals of forty criminal convictions and hundreds of
cases opened for review, including thousands of cases awaiting examination. In the ongoing
process of apprehending of mischievous of the Los Angeles police officers, there have been
four indicted officers, two others fired, twenty officers relieved of their duties, and
scores of officers placed under suspicion.

A riveting two thousand page testimony of Los Angeles cop, Rafael Perez, accused of
stealing six pounds of cocaine from a downtown headquarters, reveals the extent of the
police corruption. The "gangster cops", no different from the gang members they arrest on
the streets (some of which are members of notorious street gangs), are noted to have
beaten, framed, shot, and raped innocent citizens within the Rampart borders on a regular
basis. On one of the many occasions of criminal conduct confessed by Perez, the officer
admitted to having shot an unarmed nineteen year old Hispanic boy and planted a rifle on
him to cover up the deed. On yet another incident, Perez reported to having raped a
seventeen year-old girl in a squad car while on duty. These despicably putrid accounts of
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