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David A. Mack

Los Angeles Police Department

Born 1960 (age 49–50)
Place of birth Compton, California, USA
Service/branch United States
Years of service 1988 - 1997
Rank Sworn in as an officer - 1988
LAPD Police Officer-3.jpg - Police Officer III
LAPD Police Officer-3+1 - Senior Lead Officer.jpg - Senior Lead Officer
Awards Policemedal.JPG - LAPD Medal for Heroism
Relations Divorced, 2 children
Other work Convicted in connection to the Rampart police corruption scandal
David Mack (police officer)
Education University of Oregon

David A. Mack (born 1960) is a former L.A.P.D Rampart Division Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums C.R.A.S.H officer. He is one of the central figures in the LAPD Rampart police corruption scandal. Mack was arrested for masterminding the November 6, 1997 robbery of $722,000 from a South Central Los Angeles branch of Bank of America. He was sentenced to 14 years and three months in federal prison.[1] Mack has never revealed the whereabouts of the money.


Early life

David Mack grew up in the same Compton neighborhood as Suge Knight.[2] A remarkable athlete, Mack won a scholarship to the University of Oregon, where he ran track and eventually made the United States national team running the 800 metres.[2][3] Mack is the third fastest American in history at 800 meters with a personal best of 1:43.35, and still holds the University of Oregon's all-time record for the 800 meters. [4] Mack won three Pac-10 conference titles and an NCAA championship in the 800 meters. After a leg injury kept him out of the 1984 Summer Olympics and cut short his track career, Mack joined the LAPD in 1988. He was married with two kids. Before the scandal, Mack held the rank of Senior Lead Officer (two chevrons above a star).

Early career

He started out on patrol duty in the department's Southeast and Rampart Divisions but soon was assigned to the Narcotics Bureau as an undercover narcotics officer. Soon after that, Mack gave up his assignment to the Narcotics Bureau to work the graveyard shift in West L.A. He allegedly needed to spend more time with his wife, son and daughter. But the flexibility of his new schedule also allowed the officer to devote more hours to his extracurricular activities. Among these was his relationship with Errolyn Romero, who was a nineteen- year-old ticket taker at the Baldwin Theater when Mack began a relationship with her in 1990.


Medal for Heroism

In 1993, Officer Mack was awarded the LAPD's second-highest honor, the Police Medal for Heroism, for shooting a drug dealer who had pointed a gun at the head of his then-partner, Officer Rafael "Ray" Perez.

Later Career and Corruption

Bank Robbery

Mack was involved with Errolyn Romero in August 1997, when Romero went to work at the enormous Bank of America branch at Jefferson Avenue and South Hoover Street, just north of the USC campus. Normally the bank kept about $350,000 cash in the vault, but slightly more than double that amount had just been delivered by armored car on the morning of November 6, 1997, when a black male (Mack) wearing a three-piece gray suit, sunglasses and a tweed beret, walked into the bank and headed for the bulletproof door that separated the tellers from customers.[5] After the man in the suit (Mack) told a security guard that he wanted to get into his safety deposit box, Romero buzzed him through the first gate, then left her window and unlocked a second security door that opened into the vault area. Mack immediately shoved Romero to the floor, opened his suit jacket to reveal a Tec-9 semiautomatic pistol hanging from a shoulder strap, pointed it at two women counting money and threatened them. By the time Mack and his two accomplices abandoned their white van a half-mile away, they had pulled off one of the largest heists in Los Angeles history.[5]

Gang membership and alleged role in the murder of Notorious B.I.G.

Mack was and still is a member of the Bloods, a gang with ties to Death Row Records. Mack was hired as an off-duty body guard for Death Row Records by Death Row founder Marion "Suge" Knight, also a Blood. Investigating LAPD detectives Russell Poole (Ret.) and Brian Tyndall (Ret.) both believe David Mack was involved in the conspiracy to kill rapper Notorious B.I.G..[6]

What helped to make Mack a person of interest in the case was the black sixth generation (1994-1996) Chevrolet Impala SS parked in Mack's garage next to a wall decorated with Tupac Shakur posters and memorabilia; detectives described it as a sort of "shrine" to the slain rapper. The assassin had been seen driving a black Impala SS.

"As soon as I learned that David Mack owned a vehicle that matched the one used in the Biggie Smalls killing and that Mack had used it in the bank robbery, I asked to have it tested by our forensics people," Russell Poole recalled in 2001. "But the brass said they didn't want to step on the FBI's toes. What they didn't want was to find out that one of our officers was implicated in Biggie Smalls' murder."

Poole's interest in Mack only increased with each report he received from the detectives investigating Mack for the bank robbery. Like Suge Knight, Mack professed to be a Muslim; According to witnesses, Biggie Smalls' killer was dressed like a Muslim. A security guard who had been working at the Petersen Automotive Museum remembered speaking to a pair of Muslims who were loitering near the entrance and said that one of them looked like David Mack. Mack had been seen at numerous Death Row Records functions and was known for dressing in the same red suits that Knight and his entourage favored. At the Montebello City Jail, where Mack was detained after his arrest, Poole learned that he had told other inmates he was a member of the Mob Piru Bloods.

Mack did not become the primary focus of Poole's investigation, however, until the detective learned that the first person to visit the officer in jail was ex-LAPD officer and former Oregon teammate Amir Mohammed, who at the time was also suspected in the murder.

Mack was named in the April 16, 2007 wrongful death lawsuit filed by the rapper's family against the city of Los Angeles.[7]

Prison sentence

Mack has refused to cooperate with police, and has bragged to fellow prisoners that his $700,000 bank score is invested in such a way that it will double in value by the time he concludes his 14 year sentence.[2] While in prison, Mack has severed his ties with the LAPD and has become an avowed member of the Bloods street gang. Mack's jailers report he uses a red toothbrush, wears red socks, and wears as much red as can be attained in a federal prison. According to former LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, "It appears he has completely divested himself of all relationships of his life as a police officer. He is basically a gang member. He has taken on the role of being a gang member in jail."[2] While serving his sentence, Mack apparently was involved in a gang-related confrontation while in prison that resulted in him being stabbed.[8]


  1. ^ Timeline of Rampart Scandal
  2. ^ a b c d
  3. ^
  4. ^ Track and Field News: Lists: All-Time: U.S.: Men
  5. ^ a b The Murder of the Notorious B.I.G. : Rolling Stone
  6. ^ on Rampart Coverup
  7. ^ Wrongful death lawsuit
  8. ^ PBS Parks Intervew


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