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Monday, October 12, 2015

VINTAGE LAPD: ELVIS PRESLEY

In 1970 LAPD Chief Ed Davis met and got all hand-shook up with Elvis Presley. A few years later, while working a joint LAPD/FBI taskforce, I had the opportunity to read the FBI files on The King...Talk about your Suspicious Minds...
 
By 1940, The LAPD had stopped issuing honorary badges and was not about to present an actual police badge to performer Elvis Presley. But Presley who collected real badges from as many big cities as he could did wind up being presented with something close to the item he coveted. 
 
According to lore, Presley met with the Los Angeles police chief in December, 1970. The following year, Elvis received a Los Angeles Police Commission badge, and ultimately landed an actual LAPD lieutenant detective badge.
 
Presley insisted on secrecy in connection with presentation to him of badges by public officials, and secrecy breeds fables. What parts of the tale are true?
 
To read the Metropolitan-News Enterprise article by Roger M. Grace and get briefed on the truth vs. tall tales of this meeting CLICK HERE

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