Former LAPD Officer Brian S. Bentley to Share His Personal Experiences at CAAM
The California African American Museum (CAAM) presented its latest installation of Conversations at CAAM with former LAPD Officer Brian S. Bentley. On Saturday, July 20, 2013, from1:00 to 2:30 p.m., CAAM’s History Council Member Ruffin E. Patterson sat down with Bentley for an in-depth discussion and examination of his career with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
Bentley joined the Los Angeles Police Academy in 1989 and became one of 10 black recruits in 1991. Assigned to the West L.A. Division, Bentley’s first assignment was with Mark Fuhrman, who was, at the time, the lead detective on the Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman murders.
Bentley, who lived in South Los Angeles during his employment with the LAPD, desired to make a difference in his own community. In doing so, he transferred to the Southwest Division and became one of the few officers who patrolled the community in which they lived.
Chronicling his violent and turbulent 10-year career with the LAPD, Bentley authored three books, which include “One Time: The Story of a South Central Los Angeles Police Officer,” “Hit Me Once, Hit Me Twice,” and “Honor Without Integrity.” In addition, Bentley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications, from California State University of Los Angeles, in which he obtained before becoming a law enforcement officer.
During conversations at CAAM, Bentley discussed his time on the police force and his experiences with the L.A. Riots, Daryl Gates/Operation Hammer, gang violence, domestic violence and psychological effects of the job.