Willie L. Williams


Age: 72

police commissioner and the first black chief of the Los Angeles Police Department who stabilized the agency in the wake of the 1992 riots but was distrusted as an outsider by many officers and politicians when he rose to the top of the ranks of the Philadelphia Police Department before he stepped into the top job at the LAPD, then reeling from its poor handling of the riots that erupted after the acquittal of officers who beat Rodney King during a violent arrest, who pushed for increased hiring of female officers and advocated reforms in training and discipline but failed to win a second five-year term.

Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Born: October 1, 1943

Died: April 27, 2016

Fayetteville, Georgia