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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.
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.
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?
May 9, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes, Tribune Washington Bureau
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Saturday that he wanted to sharply cut the military bureaucracy and rein in expenditures on armed forces healthcare and departmental overhead as part of an effort to tame runaway Pentagon spending. Speaking at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library here, Gates presented a roadmap for what might be his last months in office and his final major Pentagon reform push. Gates said his priority was to flatten a hierarchical military command structure and eliminate military offices and agencies that have little direct role in fighting the nation's wars.
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.
February 8, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
In many ways, it was a familiar scene: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, in Europe, meeting with U.S. allies about the war in Afghanistan. But something was missing. Gates, during a weeklong tour, did not plead with his European counterparts to send more troops. The shift in Gates' approach reflects both the significant growth in U.S. and allied troop levels in the last year as well as the changing strategy of the American-led effort. Rather than twisting arms for more forces, Gates' mission has become more subtle, aimed at fine-tuning the mix of allied troops and emphasizing the need for trainers to upgrade Afghanistan's security forces.
June 18, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Washington Bureau
When Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates leaves the Pentagon every evening, he carries home a sheaf of documents about the latest American soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. After dinner, usually alone, he takes out a pen and writes notes to the families of the fallen. And most nights, he weeps. He has signed about 3,400 condolence letters since taking over the Pentagon in late 2006, aides say. "There's probably not a day in the last four years that I haven't wept, and it's mostly when I'm doing those letters," Gates said in an interview.
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