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LAPD Police Chief Dead at 72

| City News Service | 4/27/2016, 11:10 a.m.
LAPD Chief of Police Willie Williams Dead at 72
LAPD Police Chief Willie Willaims Dead at 72

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Willie

Williams has died at age 72, authorities said today.

Williams served as chief of the department from June 30, 1992, to May

17, 1997.

Williams became the city's top cop -- and first black chief -- following

the resignation of Chief Daryl Gates in the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles

riots.

He was also the first black police commissioner in the city of

Philadelphia.