L.A.’s Parks Assailed For Spurning Rampart Probe

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A new investigation into Los Angeles’s Rampart police scandal is “six years, five formal reports, millions of dollars and literally hundreds of thousands of pages too late,” says former police Chief Bernard Parks, now a city councilman. The Los Angeles Times, quoting the Associated Press, said that Parks is refusing to participate in the new probe.

“It is a dead issue in the hearts and minds of many, except those few opportunistic souls who want to stand in the glow of 15 minutes of fame. To them, I suggest ‘American Idol,’ not city hall,” he wrote to fellow council members.

Councilman Dennis Zine said the former chief was being needlessly obstructive, the Times says. “He should be cooperating, because he’s the most knowledgeable of all the individuals involved,” Zine said.

Police Commissioner Rick Caruso said that “any chief of police whose tenure includes this type of scandal should be eager to accept another review. This panel was put together to complete the work Parks promised to do, but failed to do.”

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-parks3sep03,1,2777790.story?coll=la-headlines-california

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