Besides being popular with Dodger fans, the Short Stop bar in Echo Park is probably best known for its connection with the crooked cops involved in the Rampart scandal. But the bar’s past includes many other sordid as well as amusing stories that historian Rory Mitchell reviews in a new video, “The History of The Short Stop Bar.” The 1920s building that now houses the bar as well as the adjacent Sunset Boulevard apartment building had already been scene of killings, accidents and hold ups way before the Rampart scandal emerged. In the late 1920s, the bar was then occupied by a furrier and taxidermy shop, which made headlines a fur-loving, all-girl gang attempted to steal a coat from the shop. In 1983, a man who was attempting to hold up the bar was shot dead by an off-duty police office.
Despite changing ownership more than a decade ago, the Short Stop remains a symbol of the Rampart Scandal. The video repeats the words of former Rampart officers Rafael Perez:
You know, it hurts me to say it but there’s a lot of crooked stuff going on with the LAPD. You go to the Short Stop and you hear, you know … we talk about how things went down. How they really went down and how they were fixed up.