I’ve been super busy but I wanted to take the time to shout out the LA Weekly and Dennis Romero for selecting me this year as one of their most fascinating Angelenos in their People 2015 issue.
As someone who reads the LA Weekly online and in print religiously, it’s really a great honor and just frickin’ cool!
With that said, I can’t honestly accept the honor as LAPD’s Critic-In-Chief without giving due credit and props to those men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department who serve (and served) with honor, humility and distinction day in and day out even while (most of) those in command do not.
I know a lot of my readers do not like the police but I have said before and will say again, I know some pretty cool ass cops who actually give a damn about the population they protect and serve and it shows in their work. They get just as embarrassed and pissed off as the public does when some shady shenanigans are exposed. They do what they can. Sometimes that’s passing on info to me that they could have kept to themselves. We all have a roll to fulfill (message!).
I especially want to give a shout out to those on patrol who seem to get the brunt of everything as they are the men and women who have to interact with an angry public pissed at the repeated bad decisions and sound bites made by people who hide behind closed doors (and who have seemingly forgotten what it’s like to be a street cop).
So hear me when I say, without their trust in me, none of this would be possible because as I have said before, I do not work for the LAPD. I’m just the messenger with an opinion.
From Lygagate to Newtongate, My Little Ponygate to Boxergate and I can’t forget the LAPD Captain who is too sexy for his clothes–it’s been a wild ride and there’s lots more to come you can be assured of that.
So having said all of that, thank you and keep the info and tips coming! We’re better together and together we can push the department into getting its act together (one way or another).
And in closing remember, we’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).
P.S. Grab your copy of the LA Weekly’s People 2015 issue now. It will be off stands on Thursday.