MP3 One Segment 
As 1999 drew to a close, the Los Angeles police department and the city itself were rocked by revelations of endemic abuse of minority citizens’ rights by LAPD’s anti-gang units. Allegations of systematic framing of minority citizens for murder, drug dealing and other crimes began to bear substance and to result in the overturning of a great number of cases.
Officer Rafael Perez of the Ramparts Division CRASH unit (the division’s anti-gang unit) began to reveal the pattern of abuse, followed by a growing investigation and the arrests of more LAPD officers for alleged crimes similar to those reported by Perez. Perez discussed the manner in which officers interfaced with others over the institutionalized cover-up of police shootings and the “rites of passage” through which new recruits to the CRASH units had to pass in order to be accepted by their peers.
This de facto induction process perpetuated and institutionalized the various crimes the members of the units allegedly engaged in. Significantly, the allegations by Perez correspond very closely to Mark Fuhrman’s revelations about systematic abuse in which he personally engaged.
These claims were broadcast all over the world during the course of O.J.‘s criminal trial, only to be subsequently ignored by the press, legal system and public. (Fuhrman’s statements were recorded by documentary film producer Laura Hart McKinney.)
The broadcast notes the similarity between what Perez and Fuhrman had to say about L.A. “law enforcement” and the over-looked fact that O.J. was framed.
The program concludes with discussion of O.J.‘s attempt to get telephone records that would prove him innocent.
Program Highlights Include: Fuhrman’s and Perez’s discussion of officers from the 77th precinct and their involvement in the alleged abuses; the alleged planting of “alibi guns” on innocent suspects killed by police; the alleged dealing of drugs by police; alleged beatings and torture by police; a widening probe of (among other divisions) the 77th precinct implicated in crimes by both Fuhrman and Perez; LAPD supervisors’ alleged involvement in covering up the crimes of those under command; observations by syndicated columnist Robert Scheer that the disclosures that the scandal has brought to light affirm the verdict of the jury in O.J.‘s criminal trial. (Recorded on 4/23/2000.)