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EDITORIAL : FRIEND OR FOE? ROLE OF LAPD WATCHDOG BEARS SCRUTINY.



AS L.A.'s first and only LAPD 1. LAPD - Link Access Procedure on the D channel.
2. LAPD - Los Angeles Police Department.
 inspector general, Katherine Mader has drawn enemy fire often from the LAPD, its brass and the police union.

Given that her mandate from the voters is to assist the Police Commission in reviewing and handling complaints of police misconduct Police misconduct refers to objectional actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties, which can lead to a miscarriage of justice. Types of misconduct
  • False confession
  • False arrest
  • Falsified evidence
  • Intimidation
, naturally she's going to create animosity.

But when that animosity starts coming from the Police Commission, and when more attention is focused on the watchdogs than the LAPD, the public has a right to wonder whether reforms prompted by the Christopher Commission In Los Angeles, the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department, informally known as the Christopher Commission, was formed in July 1991, in the wake of the Rodney King beating, by then-mayor of Los Angeles Tom Bradley.  are starting to unravel.

Or is the problem with the person, not the process? Has Mader taken on Starr-like qualities, becoming a power and force unto herself?

To address those concerns, Councilwoman Laura Chick has requested that Police Chief Bernard C. Parks Bernard Parks (born December 7, 1943 in Beaumont, Texas) is a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 8th District in South Los Angeles and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Parks attended Los Angeles City College, received his B.S.
 and the Police Commission report to the council in 30 days on Mader's role and authority.

Chick, chairwoman of the council's Public Safety Committee, said the report would be considered at a hearing to determine whether any action is needed to help Mader fulfill her duties.

It seems inconceivable that Mader, a former deputy district attorney and defense attorney with a reputation for tenacity, needs help from anyone in fulfilling her duties.

Her political and ideological agenda of pushing the LAPD to deal more severely with police officers with domestic violence problems has pushed the department to address a serious issue.

Unfortunately, her aggressive, take-no-prisoners style also has come off as overzealous o·ver·zeal·ous  
adj.
Excessively enthusiastic: overzealous movie fans; an overzealous manager.



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 and created tension between her and the Police Commission, which has taken steps to rein in to check the speed of, or cause to stop, by drawing the reins.
to cause (a person) to slow down or cease some activity; - to rein in is used commonly of superiors in a chain of command, ordering a subordinate to moderate or cease some activity deemed excessive.

See also: Rein Rein
 her parade.

The concern among commissioners is that Mader has sometimes overstepped her authority and used an unnecessarily heavy-handed approach to those she deals with, including the LAPD's command officers.

If the commission feels Mader has overstepped her authority, it should deal with her directly, and not undermine the position itself with sniggling memos or create an opening for the council to meddle med·dle  
intr.v. med·dled, med·dling, med·dles
1. To intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere. See Synonyms at interfere.

2. To handle something idly or ignorantly; tamper.
.

After all, the council is the last place that can claim it has maintained independence and integrity as a public watchdog.
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Date:Oct 29, 1998
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