The Region

A lawsuit claiming that Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates and police intelligence officers conspired to murder a member of a revolutionary Maoist organization was rejected by U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie. The Los Angeles judge agreed with city attorneys that the Revolutionary Communist Party and the widow of Damian Garcia failed to provide proof of police involvement in Garcia's stabbing death more than five years ago during a demonstration at a Boyle Heights housing project. Police said Garcia, 30, was killed by a gang member during an April 22, 1980, melee between members of the Revolutionary Communist Party and a gang based in the Aliso Village housing project.

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