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..PARKS = LAPD Chief Steps Down Early
KCAL-TV Los Angeles ^ | 04/22/2002 | ALOHA RONNIE

Posted on 04/22/2002 3:03:47 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE

NEVER FORGET

...LAPD Chief BERNARD PARKS has just announced in a Los Angeles TV Press Conference at LAPD's Parker Center Headquarters that he is stepping down early as Police Chief, staying on only until an interim LAPD Chief can be appointed after he returns from a couple of days vaction. He stated that he is considering his future options in civilian life, including running for a Los Angeles City Council that fired him as LAPD Chief. He will NOT be suing the City of Los Angeles over his being fired.

...LAPD Chief BERNARD PARKS was fired for saying from beginning to end that LAPD Officer Morale DOES NOT MATTER ...when IT DOES.

NEVER FORGET


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
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NEVER FORGET

...It's Time for a real Leader in a LAPD Chief who protects our Protectors in a new -Time of War- in a new Century ...with an Enemy that is now Within ...BIG TIME...?

NEVER FORGET

1 posted on 04/22/2002 3:03:47 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
The new chief will have to be black, hispanic, and/or female, of course.
2 posted on 04/22/2002 3:09:28 PM PDT by snopercod
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
What does he mean he is "stepping down"? Two weeks ago, the City Council voted NOT to extend his employment contract. Lame Duck Police Chief.
3 posted on 04/22/2002 3:16:59 PM PDT by spald
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Not extending someone's contract is not exactly the same thing as firing them.
4 posted on 04/22/2002 3:21:16 PM PDT by Restorer
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To: spald
"What does he mean he is "stepping down"? Two weeks ago, the City Council voted NOT to extend his employment contract. Lame Duck Police Chief."

How much did they pay him not to sue?

5 posted on 04/22/2002 3:22:38 PM PDT by blam
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To: Restorer
Not extending someone's contract is not exactly the same thing as firing them.

The only difference is that they take the doorknob off before they slam the door behind him.

6 posted on 04/22/2002 3:28:01 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: blam
No idea how much, if any. I listened on radio to the Council Leader's explanation of the Chief's performance review. Crime was trending up for the past year or so and the Council felt, for the most part, the Chief did a good job in some areas but there was a definite problem with police morale. In the announcement, the significant loss of veteran policemen (a lot to other Police precincts out of the city limits) was laid right on the Chief's doorstep.
7 posted on 04/22/2002 3:29:16 PM PDT by spald
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
While I agree that his tenure here in LA has been horrible, at least give him some credit for deciding not to sue the city for his own performance issues.
At least that shows some tiny degree of character.
8 posted on 04/22/2002 3:34:00 PM PDT by mgstarr
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To: spald
You missed the "early" part. His contract was through August of this year. It seems he is not going to fulfill his contract....can the city sue him for that? ;^)
9 posted on 04/22/2002 3:41:36 PM PDT by Feiny
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I won't forget. This guy was detested all the way around. It's time for him to go.
10 posted on 04/22/2002 4:02:12 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: snopercod
That's a good comment, but I'm not so sure any longer. We've had two insufferable Chiefs who were black. At this point I believe we're looking at a situation where a white guy might actually be accepted if he was a strong candidate.

It doesn't matter that much to me. I simply want to strong law and order guy in there that can reorginize the department in a manner that the rank and file will respect him and regain some stature from the community.

The LAPD has taken a real beating in the last decade.

11 posted on 04/22/2002 4:05:29 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: feinswinesuksass
"...can the city sue him for that?"

Heh heh. That's what I love about this place. Everyone sees a different angle. I think many are just relieved to see the Chief go which stabilizes the veterans on the force to stay on the LAPD.

12 posted on 04/22/2002 4:07:16 PM PDT by spald
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To: mgstarr
...Perhaps PARKS did not really have a legal leg to stand on in any lawsuit against a City Government that he now wants to become of an elected part of representing the only people in the City of Los Angeles who wanted him back a LAPD Chief...?
13 posted on 04/22/2002 4:08:01 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: mgstarr
I'd have given him that respect if he would have expressed his desire to stay on, then accepted the decision without taking it to the City Council. After five years, you've either shown your capabilities or you haven't. He hadn't. It was time for him to go. He didn't do it with grace. IMO

He was doing the typical shooting off the mouth routine that's become the norm for a member of a minority when it's time to gracefully bow out. Again, IMO.

14 posted on 04/22/2002 4:09:41 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: spald
I would agree with that. The department was losing officers at an alarming rate.
15 posted on 04/22/2002 4:10:51 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: spald
I believe there were issues of compliance with the Warran Commission directives, and lack of implementation. That's why Williams was booted I believe. Now Parks was tagged with the same issue to a degree.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out when whitey is blamed for not instituting these changes around a decade or two from now during the next riots.

Of course those changes are another issue.

16 posted on 04/22/2002 4:14:35 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne
I heard about the LAPD cops saying that they do not want Chief Parks in their funeral if they were ever killed in the line of duty. That, and the silly Affirmative Action policy that pretty much bars whites from getting into the LAPD is what is driving a lot of otherwise qualified candidates away.

The last chief that was worth having was Chief Gates. And he was hated by Mayor Bradley, who was pandering to every single special interest that came across him.

17 posted on 04/22/2002 4:17:09 PM PDT by Frohickey
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To: Frohickey
Well, you're right. The last descent chief we had was Gates. The guy was a little quirky, but I had a lot of respect for him. More importantly, his men did too.

I have always maintained that the Rodney King incident was not what it was portrayed to be. The LAPD payed heavily for that smear. A number of careers were ruined over that. Equally important, it's been a decade since we've had good leadership in the department, and the city of Los Angeles has paid dearly for that.

18 posted on 04/22/2002 4:23:27 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Frohickey
Right now the LAPD has something like 1000 funded police openings. From what I have heard, qualifications have been devalued to an embarassing level. The education end of it isn't the issue. Past records are being overlooked in some instances. At least that's the impression I've been given. I'd appreciate it if someone who's on the force could strike that down if it's not accurate. I believe it to be.
19 posted on 04/22/2002 4:26:14 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Perhaps PARKS did not really have a legal leg to stand on

Well neither did Willie Williams, and he managed to scam $350,000 from the city. Knowing this city's habit of settling things out of court to avoid potential racial schisms, I am quite surprised Parks didn't pursue the legal route - especially since Gloria Allred is his lawyer.

20 posted on 04/22/2002 4:30:17 PM PDT by mgstarr
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To: DoughtyOne
Well, you're right. The last decent chief we had was Gates. The guy was a little quirky, but I had a lot of respect for him. More importantly, his men did too

Maybe the men had respect for him, but as a public face of the department, he was a nightmare. When there was a spate of black men killed because of then-standard-policy chokeholds, he suggested in one interview that blacks had more crushable larynxes, and if that wasn't enough, he finished the sentence, "than normal people." He was also the living descendant of the old Chief Parker plan of holding down the city with a very minimal number of cops (1/10 NYCs?) by using massive response in place of community patrolling. But when the big crisis came, instead of responding with overwhelming force at ground zero of the riot, Florence and Normandie, he withdrew all the cops from the area. It wasn't the cops who rescued Reginald Denny from being beaten to death on live TV, it was a guy from the neighborhood who saw it on TV, then went out to stop it. The allegation at the time was that Gates was making a point about the Rodney King case; "If you don't like cops, see what happens when they aren't around." Yeah, that's a good chief.

I was here for the riots, and I watched as looters came around in groups, with trucks, three times to try to break into the appliance store four doors down from my apartment building. But before that I saw the way the cops interacted with the citizens they were supposed to "serve and protect," and it wasn't nice. I came from Chicago, and back there you wouldn't think twice about walking up to a cop and striking up a conversation. In L.A., no one does that. Everyone, even law-abiding people, fear the police here. And the ensuing scandals, particularly Rampart, have done nothing to change things.

What they really need to do here is hire lots and lots more cops, to really institute community based policing like they keep paying lip service to instead of actually doing. I live in the valley now, and I'm in favor of secession just because we'll get to create a new police force. (Well, there are other reasons, too.)
21 posted on 04/22/2002 4:47:12 PM PDT by Heyworth
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To: Heyworth
I exaggerated. L.A. has about half the cops, per capita, that NYC does--26 for every 10,000 people vs 53 in New York.
22 posted on 04/22/2002 4:54:54 PM PDT by Heyworth
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To: Heyworth
Good comments. I'll come back and address them later. I have to go out now.
23 posted on 04/22/2002 4:57:09 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: mgstarr
While I agree that his tenure here in LA has been horrible, at least give him some credit for deciding not to sue the city for his own performance issues. At least that shows some tiny degree of character.

That's being overly generous. It merely shows that his legal position was so weak that even Gloria Allred had doubts that they could successfully extort a payoff from the city council and mayor. I thought Allred and Parks would try anyway.

Given Parks' surprising decision not to sue, his early resignation makes sense. For one thing, by forcing the city to scramble for an interim chief and speed up its selection timetable, it is a tiny bit of payback. (While it's amusing to contemplate the thought of suing Parks for breach of contract, from a political viewpoint it's absurd. After Los Angeles had unequivocally repudiated Parks' leadership, to say the city needs him so much it is willing to sue to keep him on the job for another four months would make a laughingstock out of city officials. And they're a big enough laughingstock as it is.) For another thing, Parks is trying to play the role of noble victim, leaving with his dignity intact so he can fight again some other day rather than being dragged out kicking and whinging.

If Parks had accepted the original decision with a stiff upper lip, that might have been evidence of character. This is just politics.

24 posted on 04/22/2002 5:18:31 PM PDT by dpwiener
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Will he challenge Nate Holden's seat? That district is the only district that supported him.

Bye Bye Parks.

25 posted on 04/22/2002 6:17:54 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: blam
Pay him not to sue? What grounds does he have to sue? He will receive a $200,000 per year pension for the rest of his life. He's not exactly going to suffer any economic harm. He'll draw that pension on top of his other pensions (police depts from other cities). These career pols always make out like bandits -- How many pensions does Bush Sr (Military, CIA, VP, President) and Clinton (Atty General, Gov, President) draw?
26 posted on 04/22/2002 6:20:55 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: DoughtyOne
Let put an Asian cop up there. Or a Jewish cop. We've got a Hispanic Sheriff, who's not exactly doing such a great job (not because of his ethnicity, mind you, but because he plays favorites with contributors (to issue CCWs, for example) and has squandered a lot of money on things like a new helicopter for him to fly in, while money allocated for a new crime lab (to prevent another OJ debacle) somehow "disappeared".

If we're going to play ethnic musical chairs in Los Angeles (which we always do), it's time to put some new ethnicities into these spots. Are there any Gay Asian Jewish women we can make top cop?

27 posted on 04/22/2002 6:24:50 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
There is now an opening for another corrupt politician.
28 posted on 04/22/2002 6:33:25 PM PDT by FreePaul
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
What about hiring the former Police Chief from NYC?
29 posted on 04/22/2002 6:57:46 PM PDT by HOYA97
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To: monkeyshine
Somebody tie this guy down. LOL Well, my thought is that they should pick the best man for the job. If that's an asian person, I could care less.
31 posted on 04/22/2002 7:55:27 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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Headline: "Parks Parks It"
32 posted on 04/22/2002 8:27:42 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: DoughtyOne
...Officers stayed away from or left the LAPD = PARKS...
33 posted on 04/22/2002 8:27:58 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: DoughtyOne
...And don't forget what our LAPD Protectors had to go thru during and after the infamous North Hollywood Bank Shootout 5 years ago.
34 posted on 04/22/2002 8:30:19 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: spald
...You have made the Case against Chief PARKS perfectly...
35 posted on 04/22/2002 8:31:34 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: DoughtyOne
NEVER FORGET

...Remember when X-LAPD Chief PARKS bullied the Los Angeles City Council when he told them to their face last week that...

.."Lives will be lost in the City if I am forced to leave" ...???

...Can you imagine the kind of heat our LAPD Protectors were getting every day from this Bully up above...???

NEVER FORGET

36 posted on 04/22/2002 8:36:59 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Frohickey;DoughtyOne
NEVER FORGET

...L.A. Mayor TOM BRADLEY personally instigated the Rodney King Riots after the Simi Valley acquittal when he got on all the Radios and TV's blaring out at the intersection of Florence and Normandie from the A-&- E Church saying:

"I am just OUTTRAGED at this Verdict ...and if I were you I would go out into the streets and demonstrate that Outrage for all to see"

...Minutes later this TV/Radio Show became Reality.

NEVER FORGET

37 posted on 04/22/2002 8:44:23 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: DoughtyOne
...In the RODNEY KING Incident ...we have seen only half the Tape. ...We NEVER saw RODNEY KING's high speed auto chase nor his exhibiting drugged up supernatural strength with his arresting LAPD Officers.
38 posted on 04/22/2002 8:47:28 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: monkeyshine;DoughtyOne
...PARKS stated today that he is thinking of running in the 8th City Council District = MARK RIDLEY THOMAS Seat
39 posted on 04/22/2002 8:51:24 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: DoughtyOne
...PARKS was detested because he detested first...
40 posted on 04/22/2002 8:52:49 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Good chance of winning.He'll have great support from Black voters.
41 posted on 04/22/2002 9:11:45 PM PDT by stimulate
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To: stimulate;DoughtyOne
...LA City Council Message to LAPD Chief PARKS =

...No one is -Entitled- to a 2nd Term... NO ONE...!

42 posted on 04/22/2002 9:50:02 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: DoughtyOne
Well, you're right. The last descent chief we had was Gates. The guy was a little quirky, but I had a lot of respect for him. More importantly, his men did too.

Gates' retirement party was well attended by the front line troops. They really liked the guy. And they had the best tshirt too. Imagine, a cartoon of Gates, with his Dumbo ears, with his hands splayed out, thumbs on his ears, and his tongue sticking out. You've seen the expression, the one that you do when you hold the other guy in contempt.

43 posted on 04/22/2002 10:54:43 PM PDT by Frohickey
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To: snopercod
The new chief will have to be black, hispanic, and/or female, of course

Parks is representative of the almost totally worthless AAA Police Chiefs who now infest every corner of the country. (That stands for Affirmative Action AClymer) Political Police Correctness is now so bad that towns in Maine, where no Negroes reside, now hire search firms to find Black or Hispanic Police Chiefs. In all fairness, this can help them qualify for Federal Funds for new SWAT units, police cars, radios, and breathalyzers.

This trend also may be a good thing,too. The new Police Chief can always keep the new Affirmative Action AClymer School Superintendent company. God knows they'll both have plenty of free time for cultural bonding, as I have yet to hear of one of these dusky charlatans doing any meaningful work for their grossly inflated salaries, which always have to be paid for years afterward, when the town finally wises up and cans them.

Stop me if you've heard this before. Or rather, stop your town administrators.

44 posted on 04/23/2002 9:18:05 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk
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To: TrueBlackMan
...Here's an ..ALOHA.. -FYI- 4-U...
45 posted on 04/24/2002 5:27:01 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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