OREN MOVERMAN’s ‘RAMPART’: WOODY HARRELSON, BEN FOSTER, And ICE CUBE Will Star – Movie Based On Scandal Involving Corrupt LAPD Anti-Gang ProgramApril 29, 2010
Source: Variety, ComingSoon.net, Wikipedia.org
Ice Cube has joined Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster to star in Oren Moverman’s police drama “Rampart,” centered on the scandal at the LAPD’s division in the 1990s. [This] Project reunites Harrelson and Foster with Moverman, who directed them in “The Messenger,” his helming debut.
Harrelson’s set to portray the lead character, an LAPD officer on a redemptive journey as he finds himself embroiled in scandal. Ice Cube and Foster will also play LAPD officers.
The [Rampart] scandal grew out of severe police misconduct in the late 1990s in the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) anti-gang program including unprovoked shootings, beatings, planting of evidence, framing of suspects, stealing and dealing narcotics, bank robbery, perjury and covering up evidence.
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The Rampart Scandal is notable in popular culture because at least three Rampart police were found to be on the payroll of hip-hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight of Death Row Records, a convicted felon with known ties to the Bloods gang. Moreover, detective testimony and a wrongful death lawsuit filed on April 16, 2007, holds Rampart CRASH officers Nino Durden, Rafael Pérez and David Mack responsible for the 1997 drive-by murder of multi platinum-selling hip hop recording artist Notorious B.I.G.
Read more on the Rampart Scandal HERE.
The Rampart Scandal was also the inspiration behind the highly acclaimed F/X television series ‘THE SHIELD’ – what THRALL WORLD easily considers the greatest television series ever conceived. Don’t read about it lest you stumble on spoilers – just watch it from beginning to end. You’ll be trounced with the amazingness.