"Pick the Best Chief, Period" (editorial, July 29) says little about what's needed at the LAPD but speaks volumes about your animus toward the department and the 8,000-plus men and women who daily risk their lives to keep you safe. In a poll conducted in January, 93% of rank-and-file officers of the LAPD voted "no confidence" in Chief Bernard Parks. You called that--and the resulting Police Protective League campaign for a new chief--a hardball tactic. We call it democracy in action.
We think that all Los Angeles residents agree that we need safe streets; we need a Police Department that operates in partnership with our community; we need to cut crime; we need to continue reform; and we need more officers to get our department up to full strength.