Video: Is This Really Who the L.A.P.D. Wants to Name Its New Building After? Again.

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!


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
    213-485-8861 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


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The Court of Public Opinion

  • Brent B.

    Great video Jasmyne! My son is 3 weeks into the LAPD academy. I read information he brought home where the LAPD historical society took offense to Parker being labeled as a racist. It was very interesting to see their view of him and compare that to the view of Black community that remember the LAPD of the 50’s and 60’s.

    I feel that the new building should not have a name. Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters. When this is done, the exiting LAPD cops will create a name for it themselves and it will take on a new meaning. Parker Center as it has stood has served its time. Now with a new building it gets a fresh start.

    One suggestion, the OJB (Oscar Joel Bryant) foundation should have some buy in on this. They are the association of Black LAPD officers. They have an outstanding track record of addressing issues that have an adverse impact on Black people within the LAPD. Sgt. Ronnie Cato is the current President.

    One more comment. LAPD is known throughout the world for their police department in many ways. Even in community relations they have some good points. As far as handling complaints from the public? They are horrible but they are getting better.

  • J,

    VERY thought provoking video. This is a under 10 minute presentation that should be made to many groups of eager young people who believe in the possibility of social change. This video needs to be at the center of many discussions. This video needs to be out in the public, particularly to groups of passionate, energetic young people who will represent their communities for social change.

    This VIDEO IS DYNAMIC and with all of the recent police shootings in Pasadena, Inglewood, Los Angeles, (unfourtanately)etc. We must promote non violent strategic efforts to dialogue about the issues affecting us. We must be unbiased with who is invited to the table to discuss their point of view as members of the community, police, judges, attorneys, community leaders all included in the conversation. We must promote Think Tank groups across communities, implementing a strategy similar to political focus groups, community caucus’ and other grassroots organizing tactics.

    I encourage all to share this video in the same “youtube” spirit that we watch other less thought provoking videos. Lets share discussions about these issues and see how far social change can bring our environment.

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