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14 Facts About The Rampart Scandal, A Corrupt Anti-Gang Unit That Terrorized LA

The Bloods and Crips are well-known underground enterprises and are often vilified as evils of society. But another organization in blue walked the streets of Los Angeles in the 1990s: the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) unit of the Rampart Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.

In one of the biggest LAPD mishaps of all time, the impact of the LAPD Rampart Scandal was widespread, rippled through thousands of cases, cost the City of Los Angeles millions of dollars, and ruined countless lives. Los Angeles Police offenses included planting evidence and beating people in custody but went beyond double-dealing to include alleged involvement in the targeting of rapper The Notorious B.I.G. and working with gang members so they could get away with their offenses.

Improprieties are common in undercover cop stories, but the scandal involving the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division actually led to reforms and changes in the police department and sent several officers to jail.