LAPD Sgt. Wayne Guillory and attorney Brian Dunn discuss racism within the LAPD on KJLH-FMs Front Page Show Tuesday, Jun 24.

LAPD Sgt. Wayne Guillory (left) and attorney Brian Dunn (right) discuss racism within the LAPD on KJLH-FMs Front Page Show Tuesday, June 24 in Inglewood, Calif.

 

About the Show

The Front Page show with host Dominique DiPrima on KJLH-FM hosted a live on-air town hall meeting on the LAPD, African-Americans, and how much has changed in 20 years. Guests included 8th district councilmember Bernard Parks, current LAPD Sgt. Wayne Guillory, retired LAPD officer Carl McGill, and Cochran Firm attorney Brian Dunn. The show aired on Tuesday, June 24 from 4:30 a.m. until 6 a.m. and was heard on 102.3 FM in Los Angeles and online at www.kjlhradio.com.  The show was produced by Jasmyne A. Cannick.

Hosted by Dominique DiPrima, the Front Page is Los Angeles’ only daily talk radio show focused on current affairs, news, and politics from an African-American point of view. The show can be heard on-air in Los Angeles between 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. on 102.3 FM and online at www.kjlhradio.com. Owned by Stevie Wonder’s Taxi Productions KJLH-FM is the leading broadcast radio station for African-Americans and urban consumers in Southern California.

Background

The show follows last week’s revelation of veteran Detective Frank Lyga’s explosive audio recording on shooting Black police officer Kevin Gaines in 1997, police chief Beck’s decision to not fire Shaun Hillman, the nephew of a veteran LAPD cop, who pulled a gun on a Black man and used a racial slur to describe the man when deputies questioned him, and the department’s refusal to investigate missing and broken antennas on South L.A. patrol vehicles.

Former LAPD chief Bernard Parks was flabbergasted when he heard the 26-minute recording of Detective Lyga speaking vulgarly at the police academy and seemingly making light of a killing.

“You kept waiting for people to jump up and say, ‘stop! this is not what we stand for,” said Bernard Parks, who was the LAPD chief at the time of the shooting, reacting to hearing the recording. “Everything about it cries out for the investigation.”

Lyga has apologized saying his comments were inappropriate and embarrassing.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, defended Lyga in a statement released Wednesday.