A judge reversed the 60-day suspension of Police Chief Daryl F. Gates over the videotaped beating of a motorist, resolving - at least for now - a struggle inside City Hall for control of the Police Department.

Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigian on Monday upheld a City Council maneuver aimed at reversing the suspension handed out by the Police Commission.The judge reached his decision after several days of arguments on the powers of the City Council measured against the authority of the civilian Police Commission, whose members are appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley.