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Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Former LAPD Chief Willie L. Williams Dies at 72 NR16139jh

Los Angeles: Willie L. Williams died on April 26, 2016 at 72 years of age. The 50th Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department passed away in Fayetteville, Georgia late last night according to Williams's family.

LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck eulogized, "I stand with a heavy heart after hearing the loss of our Former Chief Williams. He came at a time when the city was in great unrest and helped Los Angeles rebuild itself back into the great city it is today."

Born October 1, 1943, Williams was the first African-American to be appointed Chief of Police of the Los Angeles Police Department on June 30, 1992. Williams was seen as an official who restored confidence in the Department and the community after the Rodney King incident. During his time, he introduced the department's 'Mission Statement' which provided a renewed focus on service to our community.


Williams was a community policing advocate and co-wrote 'Take Back Our Streets; Fighting Crimes in America'. After leaving LAPD in 1997, Williams was later appointed as Federal Security Director for Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport in 2002.

Viewing services for Chief Williams will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home located 180 Jeff Davis Drive, Fayetteville, Georgia from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Chief Williams will be then transported for funeral services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 7, 2016 at the Zion Baptist Church at 3600 North Broad Street. Viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. The family has requested any donations in honor of Chief Williams be made to the American Cancer Society for the cure of pancreatic cancer in his name.

To further honor Chief Williams, Chief Beck has authorized all department members to wear the mourning band.


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