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The Los Angeles Police Department is the law enforcement agency for the city of Los Angeles. It was established in 1869, and the police force employed over 9,843 officers and 2,773 civilian staff by the time of the global outbreak.


The LAPD was founded in 1869, and it was the third largest municipal police department in the United States at the time of the outbreak.


Depicted on a newspaper report, LAPD Officer David Moran and Officer Ryan Fornbaio responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Culver City resistance of Patrick Sutherland who assaulted four members of his family. Sutherland refused to stand down to the officers, and they fired several shots at Sutherland, who was thought to be under the influence of drugs. According to the report, he is the eleventh person involved in a series of aggressive attacks across the nation.

In the "Pilot", Officer Henderson and another LAPD officer question Nicholas Clark in the Temple Community Hospital, fishing for answers about the drug supplier who has been dealing to junkies in the abandoned church (which they refer to as 'needle alley'). The officers are both quickly kicked out of the hospital room by his mother, Madison Clark. With the series of violent attacks continuing to spread across the Los Angeles area, two LAPD officers are brought to Paul R. Williams High School to serve as security guards. Another officer is seen by Travis Manawa, loading bottled water and other supplies into the back of his patrol car.

A couple of days later, in "So Close, Yet So Far", there is a brief radio report mentioning a "massive spike" in LAPD shootings, and that LAPD officials refused to comment on the matter. LAPD officers eventually played a significant role in the events surrounding the 7th street riot, when one officer killed an infected homeless man, sparking a protest around the police barricade. Soon after the protest began, Officer Gonzales was forced to put down an infected woman, which incited panic in the crowd, as well as the approaching riot control squad, as the police lost control of the unruly crowd (this incident also demonstrated that the LAPD had some information on the worsening outbreak, as Gonzales quickly shot the infected woman after giving out a warning). As the riots in downtown Los Angeles grew more violent, many riot police officers were deployed to quell the rioters, and blocked off various roads to try and keep the crowd contained.

LAPD officers were also seen implementing a quarantine at the Sisters of Mercy Hospital, as it became overrun with infected patients. The LAPD set up checkpoints around the hospital, in order to contain the situation. An infected doctor and patient were put down by the SWAT team, shooting the patient multiple times before getting a clear headshot.

After this, it is unknown what happened to the remainder of the LAPD. It is possible (though unlikely) that they followed the same pattern of the Atlanta Police Department. However, since all of Los Angeles was heavily firebombed by the military, it can be assumed that the LAPD has been largely dissolved, and is not longer a functioning police agency.



Fear the Walking Dead

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  • It is unknown why LAPD officers responded to the Patrick Sutherland incident in Culver City, as Culver City has its own police force. This is possibly a production oversight.