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LAPD Union To Fight Parks

The Los Angeles police union is vowing to fight Police Chief Bernard Parks´ reappointment with a one and a-half million dollar media campaign.

This, while the chief´s backers, who include many prominent black leaders, today reaffirmed their support for Parks, setting up what could be a nasty political battle.

Parks announced Thursday he will seek a second five-year term as chief.

The police union issued a no-confidence vote against Parks last month, with 93 percent of those who cast ballots opposing him.

Civil rights advocates praise Parks for making the city´s minority neighborhoods safe again.

The civilian Police Commission has until mid-May to decide whether to give Parks a second term. If the commission rejects Parks´ bid, the vote could be reversed by the City Council.