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February 17, 1991 | After the killing of policewoman Tina Kerbrat, Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates made remarks that many Salvadorans find insulting. Among them was his labeling of the killer as "an El Savadoran drunk--a drunk who doesn't belong here." An editorial in LA OPINION, from which this is excerpted, calls for Gates' ouster
This is not the first time that Gates has made this type of insulting or excessive comment. These continuous rebuffs against minority groups clearly show that Gates is evidently not qualified for a position such as chief of police of a metropolis characterized by its ethnic and racial diversity. It is deplorable that Gates has sought to use (this killing) as a pretext to discredit a whole group.
Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates endorsed embattled City Councilman Hal Bernson for reelection Friday, saying he was "shocked at the attacks on Hal's record" by challenger Julie Korenstein. A Korenstein spokesman said the endorsement was improper and criticized Gates and Bernson for injecting politics into the Police Department at a time when it is under intense scrutiny because of the Rodney G. King beating.
January 11, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
China's military conducted the first flight test of an experimental stealth fighter Tuesday, apparently without informing the country's civilian leadership in advance and only hours before Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with the Chinese president to discuss improving military ties. The test flight of the J-20 fighter seemed to represent a snub of Gates from China's military establishment during his three-day visit to Beijing and to deepen questions about how much control its civilian leadership exercises over the armed forces, which have often taken a harder line on improving relations with the U.S. When Gates mentioned the test in an afternoon meeting with President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People, it was initially clear that neither Hu nor any of the other Chinese civilian officials present were aware that it had occurred, according to a senior U.S. Defense Department official.
March 26, 1991
All the hue and cry to oust Gates from community "leaders" and even The Times is nauseating. We citizens need to shoulder the responsibility to create a societal climate calling for police officers to be kinder and gentler. Just in case you haven't noticed, Los Angeles is not exactly the epitome of tranquility. What type of officer would you want to respond to your call, a Mr. Rogers? Until then we all can expect occasional outbursts of violence by the Los Angeles Police Department, no matter who is the chief.
April 18, 1991
So now that our City Charter is being "abused," Councilman Joel Wachs has the courage to stand up and defend it against all attackers (Commentary, April 10). Funny, where was Wachs' outrage when Gates was slandering practically every racial and sexual minority in our community? Where was his Op-Ed piece when the LAPD brutalized more than 50 demonstrators during the Justice for Janitors march last summer in Century City?
July 29, 2010 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
The disclosure of classified reports about the Afghanistan war revealed tactics to the enemy and could endanger individuals who provided intelligence to the U.S. and its allies, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday. Gates called the disclosure of the documents a "major security breach" and said "the battlefield consequences are potentially severe and dangerous." His statements were his first public comments since the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks posted more than 70,000 war documents from 2004 to 2009 on its website Sunday.
May 1, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that he expected staunch opposition in Congress to the Obama administration's plans to release some of the Chinese Muslims detained at Guantanamo into the United States. Confirming the plans for the first time, Gates said that the administration intended to release some of the 17 Chinese Uighurs into the U.S. as part of the process of closing the prison, although he added that a final decision had not been made.
August 12, 2010 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is ordering a review of the future role of the Marine Corps amid " anxiety" that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had turned the service into a "second land army. " The review would seek to define a 21st century combat mission for the Marines that is distinct from the Army's, because the Marines "do not want to be, nor does America need" another ground combat force, Gates said in prepared remarks for a speech at Marines' Memorial Theatre in San Francisco on Thursday to a group that included retired Marines and foreign policy experts.
August 2, 2010 | By James Oliphant, Los Angeles Times
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates suggested Sunday that only a small portion of the U.S. force in Afghanistan will begin to return home next year when an Obama administration deadline for the start of a troop pullout goes into effect. In ordering a troop increase last year, President Obama set July 2011 as the time when the Pentagon would begin to reduce forces, ostensibly with Afghanistan more secure from the threat of the Taliban. The U.S. will have more than 100,000 troops in Afghanistan by the end of this summer.
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