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Speaking Out for Reform

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community_briefs/article/speaking_out_for_reform_20020412

The Los Angeles Police Commission's 4-1 decision to reject Chief Bernard C. Parks' bid for a second five-year term presents the organized Jewish community with an important opportunity to speak out forcefully in support of its historic agenda promoting police reform. The leaders of Los Angeles-area Jewish organizations (including the Progressive Jewish Alliance) remained quiet amid the political firestorm that broke out when our city's top elected officials and prominent leaders within the African American community precipitously weighed in on the chief's fate. Though that silence reflected appropriate deference to the Police Commission's role in the reappointment process under our city's charter, the time has now come for the organized Jewish community to join this momentous civic debate in order to again demonstrate its long-standing understanding of, and concern for, issues of LAPD governance.

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