In the late 1990s, the corruption of the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division’s Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) anti-gang unit came to light. Disgraced officers were convicted of offenses such as planting false evidence, stealing, dealing illegal drugs, bank robbery, and perjury. Cops were proven to have committed unjustified beatings and shootings.
On June 22, 2009, after 23 years, cold case detectives finally solved the murder of Sherri Rasmussen, but evidence implicated one of their own.
If you’ve got an hour to watch (or even just listen to) someone’s life fall apart, this video is for you. In 1986, Stephanie Lazarus, a rookie LAPD patrol officer, brutally murdered her ex-boyfriend’s new wife, Sherri Rae Rasmussen. She’d gotten away with it, until 2009, when she was questioned–and later arrested–by her brothers in blue.
Last month, a 12-year-old boy admitted to “swatting” the Los Angeles homes of Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher – his prank calls sent heavily-armed swat teams to the stars’ homes on false alarm. To combat copycats, the LAPD will no longer publicize these pranks.
When ex-LAPD cop Chris Dorner declared the reasons for his crime spree in an 11,000 word manifesto, it was clear this story would shine a light on the entire law enforcement community – particularly the LAPD. What ensued over the next 10 days raised questions about the tactics of police forces across Southern California as various missteps were made during the investigation of an admittedly unprecedented and terrifying situation.
From our friends at the Daily Dot: The hunt for suspected cop killer Christopher Dorner appears to have come to a brutal end, but if law officials had their way, we wouldn’t have known about Tuesday’s saga.
The manhunt for ex-LAPD officer Chris Dorner may be coming to an end. Dorner is suspected of killing at least three people, including a police officer. Dorner, who was fired from the police force, posted a manifesto on Facebook vowing to kill those who have wronged him. Today, officers caught up with Dorner in Big Bear mountain, where two officers were reportedly injured in the gunfight that ensued.
In 2006, former LAPD detective Dan DeJarnette reported that his wife had been hurt in an accident. He was initially arrested but let go due to lack of evidence.
Stephanie Lazarus, a decorated detective in the LAPD Art Crimes Unit, was sentenced today to a 27-year prison term for the first-degree murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen more than 25 years ago.