LA City Council hears spirited debate about new LAPD HQ name

The Los Angeles City Council today delayed deciding on a name for the new LAPD headquarters. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that followed after angry protests over a proposal to retain the name Parker Center.

The Los Angeles City Council today delayed deciding on a name for the new LAPD headquarters. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that followed after angry protests over a proposal to retain the name Parker Center.

Frank Stoltze: Former LAPD Chief William Parker served from 1950 until 1966. He’s credited with rooting out corruption and professionalizing the department, but others fault him for racially insensitive policing.

Monica Harmon: Chief Parker brutalized and abused the Latino and black communities.

Stoltze: Boyle Heights activist Monica Harmon joined Morris Griffin from South L.A. in opposing the name Parker Center.

Morris Griffin: William Parker, please don’t insult us!

Stoltze: Councilman Bernard Parks, a former LAPD chief, defended Parker’s reputation.

Bernard Parks: We may have people we like today and someone later doesn’t like them. We should not treat them differently.

Stoltze: Parks noted that former mayor Tom Bradley – then a councilman – supported naming the current police headquarters Parker Center when it opened. But Councilman Dennis Zine, also a former cop, said the council should consider other names.

Dennis Zine: And do something that doesn’t put a cloud over the new police administration building.

Stoltze: The LAPD’s new $473 million headquarters is scheduled to open in July.

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