CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1987 |
The Los Angeles Police Department's first black deputy chief, Jesse A. Brewer, was promoted Thursday to assistant chief, a move heralded by other black officers as a major step toward affirmative action within the LAPD. Chief Daryl F. Gates, however, told reporters that his selection of Brewer over two more senior deputy chief candidates had nothing to do with his race. "This is not an affirmative action selection," Gates said. "Jesse Brewer has a record that is almost too good.