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Chief Parks Shows 'High Character'

April 12, 2002

Your coverage of Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks' resolve to seek another term in office despite official opposition (April 10) presented a compelling portrait of a man of high character and uncompromising integrity.

In the face of controversy from all quarters, he undeniably has the strength and courage to stand alone and work toward his vision of better law enforcement. And that is what we hired him to do. The ordeal of change is often painful, and it takes a remarkable individual to make it happen. A more accommodating officer might not achieve the goals we have in mind. Chief Parks is obviously our man, and he is a proud reflection of the best our city has to offer. He has earned our support and merits another term.

Charles De V. Conyers II

Gardena

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The only winner in the decision of the Police Commission to deny Parks another five-year term was the Police Protective League. The citizens of Los Angeles were the clear losers. It has now been undeniably demonstrated that the Police Protective League is in control of the city. Mitzi Grasso and cabal are clearly calling the shots in the mayor's office, the City Council and on the Police Commission.

Why not just make her police chief? While we're at it, let's anoint her as mayor, City Council and Police Commission too. She must get tired pulling the strings of all those puppets. Give her a rest.

Jim Roberson

Los Angeles

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In responding to his ousting, Parks said the "process has become much too politicized." This is a ridiculous statement. The selection and reappointment of a chief of police was very political when he was appointed five years ago and it continues to be. The political nature of the position did not change during his term. Having served in the LAPD's upper echelon during former Chief Willie Williams' tenure, he should have known what to expect.

At the end of the Daryl Gates era, the voters approved the current five-year terms for the chief of police. When that happened it closed the door to Civil Service entitlements and opened the door for these types of power shifts. We saw it five years ago and we're seeing it now. So, here we are again, dragging the city through the mud and dividing its citizens. Does the saying "Be careful what you ask for" sound familiar? See you in five years. I'm disgusted.

Dan Comorre

Los Angeles

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Chief Parks, it is inappropriate and counterproductive for any non-elected government official to attempt to force his employer to retain him when he is no longer wanted. The mayor and the Police Commission have stated publicly that they want someone else for this job. Don't become another Gates. Do the right thing for yourself and for Los Angeles and step aside gracefully.

Fred Schor

Los Angeles

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