Daryl F. Gates


Age: 83

controversial police chief of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1978 to 1992 whose 14-year tenure ended amid widespread criticism over his department's response to the city's deadly riots after four white police officers were acquitted of most charges in the 1991 beating of black motorist Rodney King, and who formed the city's first Special Weapons & Tactics Team (or SWAT) as a member of the LAPD's command staff in 1972.

Cause of Death: Complications from bladder cancer

Born: August 30, 1926

Died: April 16, 2010

Dana Point, California