April 23, 1985
DARYL F. GATES
CHIEF OF POLICE, LOS ANGELES
It has come to my attention that a member of the L. A. P. D.
very foolishly, without proper authorization and contrary to the
policy of this Department, signed a letter to Eugene M. Ingram,
believed to have been drafted by Ingram himself. The letter
purports to authorize Ingram to engage in electronic eavesdropping.
The letter, along with all the purported authorization, is invalid
and is NOT a correspondence from the Los Angeles Police Department.
The Los Angeles Police Department has not cooperated with Eugene
Ingram. It will be a cold day in hell when we do.
I have directed an official letter to Ingram informing him that
the letter signed by Officer Phillip Rodriguez dated November 7,
1984, and all other letters of purported authorizations directed
to him, signed by any member of the Los Angeles Police Department,
are invalid and unauthorized.
Internal Affairs Division is now investigating the entire incident.
THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT I HAVE EXAMINED THE
ORIGINAL OF THIS DOCUMENT AND FIND THIS
REPRODUCTION TO BE A TRUE COPY OF SAME,
MADE WITHOUT ALTERATIONS OR ERASURES.
By [Signed] Sgt. E. Hernandez
RECORDS & IDENTIFICATION DIVISION
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
Image of the Gates Announcement
introduced in the Portland trial indicated that the private investigator,
Eugene M. Ingram, obtained permission from a Los Angeles police officer to invade
Armstrong's privacy to tape the conversations.
Investigation under way.
"Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates said earlier this week that the
officer was not authorized to sign the consent letter and that an internal investigation
is under way. Gates added that it was highly unlikely that the department cooperated
with Ingram, who was fired as a police officer in 1981."
The Oregonian 04-25-1985