BREAKING NEWS: Ex-LA Police Chief Daryl Gates Dies At 83

Apr. 16 2010, Published 9:29 a.m. ET

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Ex-Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, who gained fame in the 90s presiding over a scandal-plagued department involved in the Rodney King beating and subsequent riots, has died, has learned.

The veteran lawman passed away at home in San Clemente, California on Friday after a battle with bladder cancer. He was 83.

Gates ran the LAPD for 14-years and retired after the Rodney King incident which thrust the City Of Angels into worldwide headlines.

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Although Gates was considered a controversial figure during his tenure as police chief, he was praised by his law enforcement colleagues for being the architect of many concepts used in the field, most notably the evolution of SWAT teams and creating the anti-drug program, DARE.

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