Declaring “a house divided cannot move forward,” Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn says he is opposed to police Chief Bernard Parks´ bid for a second five-year term.
Hahn told a City Hall news conference today that his respect for Parks runs deep. But the mayor said the LAPD needs leadership to prevent federal takeover of the department and cure the evils of racial profiling and what he calls the “cancer of corruption.”
Hahn is calling on Parks to retire after 37 years with the department and withdraw his request for a second term.
The final decision rests with the city´s civilian Police Commission whose members are appointed by Hahn.
Hahn believes Parks hasn´t done enough to curb a recent spike in crime and does not agree with Parks on how to reform the troubled department that has been rocked by the Rampart station corruption scandal.