Interactivity by Paul Olund and Chris Mendez
The Gangster Squad was formed in 1946 to keep East Coast Mafia out of L.A. Its 'anything goes' approach endured through the 1950s in an era when justice was found far from the courthouse.
Facing a columnist's criticism and police chief's disapproval, the squad stays intact after an informant comes through with dirt on Mickey Cohen and a certain journalist's husband.
While mob killings like the Two Tonys murders remain unsolved, the squad savors Cohen's conviction on federal charges of income tax evasion -- and sets a trap for him.
New member of the Gangster Squad, Sgt. Jerry Wooters, becomes the foe of Mickey Cohen and a friend of Jack 'the Enforcer' Whalen.
The two work together until one is exiled to night shift patrol and the other heads for a showdown with Mickey Cohen.
Jack 'the Enforcer' Whalen follows the advice of his friend on the LAPD and calls on Mickey Cohen and his associates . . . unarmed.
The Gangster Squad springs a trap set years ago for the mobster, but 'Freddie the Thief' looks for revenge far from the courtroom in the killing of his son, 'the Enforcer.'
Jack Webb polished the department's image, and it returned the favor.