to the Editor
input from LACP.org forum participants
Do we need a white Police Chief?
I was born and raised here in Los Angeles. Being a black male age
64 I really don't see much difference in the LAPD today than yesterday.
It seems as though the police mentally is "them against us."
When will people realize we are all of the human race? You not being
black will never understand what it is like to be a black person in
When my government called on men to go to Vietnam, even though there
was so much discrimination in the world, the workplace and in the
minds of most white males, I went, not questioning why should we be
there. Not only did I go, but stayed for three years.
Upon returning to Los Angeles I was still treated unjustly upon different
occasions. It is not any more dangerous on the streets of LA than
in the jungles of Vietnam.
But, the difference I see now with the young officers is now they
will smile and say hello.
We need a Police Chief that can interface with all the different factions
in LA. The Police Chief should be fairly evaluated just as you are
in business. Mayor Rierdon showed that you can run a political office
just like a business.
The evaluation process should be rewritten. The Police Union should
not be able to sway the public or the Police Commission.
I guess we will never be able to live in a LA utopia. I sometimes
wonder if we should be allowed to carry fire arms and every man for
I wont give up my rights as a U. S. citizen. I earned that right.