Parker Center: The Plot Thickens…Enter Stephen Reinhardt, Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

So I’ve been secretly informed that Stephen Reinhardt, a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, appointed in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter has sent a letter to the Police Commission and City Council regarding his thoughts on renaming the new Police Administration Center after Chief William H. Parker.

In said letter, Reinhardt reminds the Commission and Council that Parker once referred to Latinos as, “not far removed from the wild tribes of Mexico.” Also that it was not uncommon for people who knew that their lines were being listened in on by the L.A.P.D., under orders from Chief Parker, to answer their phones, “fuck you Chief Parker.”

Oh—and he has joined the camp of others in not wanting to keep that legacy alive with the naming of the new Police Administration Building.

Reinhardt served as a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, California Advisory Committee from 1962 to 1974 and was its Vice Chairman from 1969 to 1974. He also served as member of the Democratic National Committee and as an unpaid advisor to former Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley and former California governor Jerry Brown. In 1975 he was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Commission, which he chaired from 1978 until his judicial confirmation in 1980.

It’s getting hot in here…

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  • Dre

    I really admire your reporting on this issue. First-rate!