I cram to understand a lot of the madness that goes on in L.A., and today is no different.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Commission is going to hold a hearing regarding whether or not to recommend to keep the L.A.P.D.’s new Administration Center named after Chief William H. Parker.

Former Police Chief, turned City Councilmember Bernard Parks, offered a motion, which was passed out of committee, to keep the current name of Parker Center–and then I picked up my face off of the floor and gained my composure.

Sidenote: The above action was and could still be a strong contender for my Negro Please Award.  I like Parks and all, but I have to keep it real…all is fair in love and politics.

And I quote Parks: “In keeping with the traditional name of our police headquarters we would assure continuity.”

The last thing the L.A.P.D. or the City of Los Angeles wants to assure is continuity where the police department is concerned prior to 2005.

Now I may not have been alive to have been abused by the L.A.P.D. of the 50s and 60s, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t know our police departments colorful history and that of Chief William H. Parker. Let’s face it, the L.A.P.D. is not known around the world for their great police work and community relations.

Dim the light and cue video…

Now, I ask you again. After voting for change nationwide in November, does Los Angeles really want to keep the name Parker Center for the L.A.P.D.’s Administration Center? And if we do, we need to come up off of using Obama’s “change” slogan because we’re nothing but a bunch of hypocrites.

Contrary to misguided popular belief, it’s not at the national level here change starts but at the local level, in particular at the site of the new police administration center.

As much community relations work that today’s L.A.P.D. is doing to turn around its very tattered image, it makes no sense to want to hold onto the name of one if its most notoriously racist leaders.

Today it’s Parker Center, tomorrow it’s Darryl Gates Boulevard. Let’s nip this in the bud right now.

And the last time I checked we had three, count em–, three, Black city councilmembers…

And while we’re at it, let’s give both the council and police commission some suggestions on possible names, starting with the late Deputy Chief Kenneth O. Garner.

Garner Center…it has a nice ring to it.  I like it!

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I’m just saying…

Now if they just have to name this building after someone white, because sometimes they do, let’s just be honest…I am not against the idea of naming it after the current Chief, William Bratton. But again, that’s only if…

Take Action

  1. Contact the L.A.P.D. Police Commission and let them know in no uncertain terms “hell to the no.”
  2. 150 N. Los Angeles Street,
    Room #150
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    213-485-3531
    213-485-8861 Fax

  3. Contact your local city councilmember and tell them the same.
  4. Bernard Parks Sr. – District 8
    (213) 473-7008

    Jan Perry – District 9
    (213) 473-7009

    Herb Wesson Jr. – District 10
    (213) 473-7010

  5. Attend Tuesday’s police commission hearing.Tuesday, April 14, 2009
    9:30 a.m.
    150 North Los Angeles Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

Extra Credit

Call the Mayor and let him know that just because he got a pass until his run for governor, that doesn’t mean he can’t be recalled before then…

Rev. Leonard Jackson- The Mayor’s Go to Person for “All Things Black/African-American”
(213) 473-9783
leonard.jackson@lacity.org

THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION

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