This commission only exists because of Russell Poole who was the first whistle blower. Russell Poole is an American Hero and he was a dear friend.
Last Wednesday Russell was visiting the Sheriff's Department with information to solve the Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace cases. At the conclusion of that meeting he grabbed his chest and passed away.
For 19 years he served as a member of this institution. An Institution he believed in. He knew that most of the members of the LAPD are hardworking honest people who want to the truth to prevail.
When the Rampart Scandal Leadership tried to sweep corruption under the carpet Russell tendered his resignation. That decision caused great hardship on Russell and his family but he always believed that he did the right thing.
Russell died working on a case. He was doing what he loved. He gave his life to honor the Homicide Investigator's creed that all resources would be brought to bare in solving the death of any human being when their life is taken by another human.
I would ask LAPD to please honor the contribution of Russell Poole posthumously.
Read Russell Poole's final words on #Tupac & #Biggie murders