Parks seeks more public input on Bratton reappointment

first_imgAmid assurances that the Police Commission remains open to public comment, the Los Angeles City Council shied away Tuesday from demanding the panel hold more hearings on the reappointment of LAPD Chief William Bratton. Commission President John Mack promised to continue seeking comment on Bratton and the direction of the Los Angeles Police Department. “We have been reaching out for months to the various communities and will continue to do so,” Mack said during an hourlong debate. “This commission is not a rubber stamp for the police chief or the Police Department.” But Councilman Bernard Parks, who was Bratton’s predecessor at the LAPD, said he was concerned the panel had already reached a conclusion without adequate input from the minority community and scrutiny into whether Bratton has cut crime as much as he claims. The survey also found more support for Bratton’s reappointment than for Parks’ bid five years ago, when the Police Commission under former Mayor James Hahn refused to reappoint him. The council used Tuesday’s discussion to air other concerns, including violence prevention, the pace of LAPD reform and the rate at which commanding officers are transferred. The Police Commission met for more than four hours Monday night, hearing from officials and more than 70 members of the public about Bratton’s reappointment. Observers said most of the comments favored a second, five-year term for Bratton. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Because of the way the department changed how it records crimes, to me it is a disservice and misleading to the public to say we have the lowest crime rate since the Eisenhower administration,” Parks said. The department changed how it reports domestic violence, but said the change was based on how the federal government keeps statistics. Parks said he also was concerned that a recent survey by Loyola Marymount University showed a drop in public perception about the LAPD’s rate of reform. “If some situation should erupt in the future, I don’t want us to say we didn’t know it was coming,” Parks said. The LMU survey showed 56 percent of respondents support Bratton’s reappointment, but that dropped below 50 percent among minority communities. last_img read more