The president of the union representing Los Angeles police responded Friday to the news that former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Daryl F. Gates has passed away.

“Los Angeles has suffered a great loss with the death of Chief Gates,” said Paul M. Weber, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. “Chief Gates was a truly devoted public servant who committed his life to improving the lives of others in Los Angeles. He was a man of courage and character who had a deep commitment to the rule of law, with a deep pride of the LAPD.”

“Chief Gates was a cop's cop, revolutionizing critical policing tactics and changing the face of modern law enforcement around out the world,” Weber said.

“He lived his dream and felt blessed to be part of an organization that he cared so much about. Even after retiring, Chief Gates was an active and steadfast supporter of LAPD officers, making frequent appearances to honor officers for their service – from retirements and funerals to ceremonies and charity events, Chief Gates' presence could always be counted on.

“The men and women of the LAPD join the community in offering our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Gates family as they endure this painful loss.”

LA Weekly