LAPD Scrapbook: Gangster Squad Abolished, Los Angeles Herald-Express, Oct. 6, 1949

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Oct. 6, 1949

Here’s another item from the LAPD scrapbooks at the city archives: The police chief is William A. Worton (are you paying attention, everybody who thinks William Parker was chief in 1949? especially you, Will Beall, writer of “Gangster Squad?”) and he disbands the gangster squad.

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3 Responses to LAPD Scrapbook: Gangster Squad Abolished, Los Angeles Herald-Express, Oct. 6, 1949

  1. Cal and Lulu says:

    Everybody I know certainly would remember Parker a s the Chief in 1949. So, how long was Worton in the Chiefs job? Why did he leave? and when did Parker actually start as the Chief.
    Thad Brown was around the LAPD for years, I wonder why he wasn’t promoted?

    • lmharnisch says:

      That’s a short question with a long answer. Chief Clemence Horrall and Assistant Chief Joe Reed retired in 1949 during the Brenda Allen scandal. Worton was a Marine general with no police experience who was brought in temporarily. (Toward the end of Reed’s tenure at the LAPD, he approved the radio show “Dragnet,” after listening to an audition recording and apparently not paying much attention to it.)

      While Worton was chief, there were factions in the LAPD that supported William Parker and other factions that supported Thad Brown. And indeed, Brown was appointed acting chief when Parker died. To those who “remember” Parker as chief in 1949, their memories are faulty. Parker didn’t become LAPD chief until August 1950.

  2. C.M. says:

    To add to Larry’s comments on General William Worton, he was brought in by the City Council one day after retiring from the Marine Corp . His task was to reform the LAPD which was then dealing with the scandals arising from the Brenda Allen trial and Chief Horrall’s inability to control the corruption within the department. Worton introduced the practice of rotating assignments to prevent graft and corruption and purged the department of dishonest officers. After advocating the implementation of Civilian Review Boards the Council thanked him for his service and promoted William Parker in the summer of 1950.

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