Jasmyne Cannick: Parker decided to retire in lieu of termination depriving the LAPD the opportunity of further humiliating him before firing him.
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Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Last night, a crowd of more than 300 community members packed the cavernous sanctuary of Holman United Methodist Church, a major black church in the heart of black South Los Angeles, to hear—or to confront—LA’s Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Joe Mathews: Our most powerful aspirations are no longer about growing the city or its global footprint, but about splitting it into pieces, shrinking it into smaller communities.
Anthony Weiss and Juan Blanco: Lancaster’s Michael D. Antonovich Courthouse and the county supervisor for whom it is named represent not justice, but institutional racism of the worst kind.
Charlene Muhammad: Activists accused the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners with criminalizing dissent and challenged its new rules of decorum during a meeting last month.
We are having this event because by design and purpose, the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners continue failing to acknowledge and address police violence, the war on youth, the growing architecture of surveillance, spying and infiltration, and the over-saturation of police in the Downtown Skid Row community.
Diana Zuñiga: Given all of the shifts in leadership, in jail construction plans, in mandated jail reduction policies and in growing community pressure, is LA really committed to building new jails and high levels of incarceration?
Jasmyne Cannick: Before Black Lives Matter became a movement, her life mattered.
Victor Narro: The entanglement of law enforcement with ICE has bred serious human rights violations that should concern us all.
Susan Burton: Mira Loma is a hidden hold-over, a relic to the old thinking, an artifact in the sand reminding us of what never worked. Let us invest in people, not prisons.
Danny Feingold: Public health advocates fear that a mega-agency would favor medical care, relegating ambitious prevention initiatives to second-class status.
LA Top Cops: LA’s cop culture remains what it’s always been—tribal and brutal—whether it’s Bratton and Baca or Beck and McDonnell running our largest police agencies.
Cheryl Ford: I understand that Ezell Ford had a “history.” I get that Ezell may have been involved in gang activity. Neither are punishable by death.