LAPD ADJUSTS PRIORITIES DNC'S OVER, FOCUS BACK ON CRIME.Byline: Alexa Haussler Staff Writer
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Y2K - Year 2000 and the Democratic National Convention behind them, Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. police will focus full-force on cutting down a recent spike in crime in the city, 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. said Wednesday.
``Over the next few months, we will have no . . . distractions other than dealing with crime,'' Parks said during his monthly press briefing.
Crime has increased for the first time in seven years in Los Angeles, with violent crimes surging by 10 percent over the same period last year. The city has had 60 more homicides than at this time last year, a 23 percent increase, Parks said. Most of the spikes have occurred on the city's central-east and southeast sides, he said.
The department's top command staff is to meet Monday to discuss a multiprong plan to try to block the increase, including possibly launching a more visible task force effort in high-crime areas.
In the past year, the department devoted 20,000 officer days to training for the Democratic National Convention and Y2K celebrations, he said.
``That's a lot of officer days off the street,'' Parks said.
City Councilman Joel Wachs Joel Wachs served for several terms as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 2nd district. He was first elected by defeating incumbent James B. Potter.
While in office, Wachs chaired the Public Works Committee and vice-chair of the Environmental Quality & Waste Management , a public-safety committee member, said the department needs to focus on antigang initiatives and community-based policing.
``We've just got to get our focus back to what our priorities are, and our priorities should be to make the neighborhoods of the city of Los Angeles
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But Parks downplayed the connection.
``Crime is up because we have a spike of criminal activity - particularly violent,'' he said.
Also in Wednesday's briefing, Parks continued to defend and commend the LAPD's actions during the Democratic National Convention last week. And he added another sentiment: Told you so.
Parks lashed out at protesters and civil rights groups who filed a successful lawsuit forcing the city to move barricades.
``Although we were ignored during those court hearings, I think that the immediate feedback is exactly what we said would occur,'' Parks said. ``I think it bore out all of our concerns on Monday night.''
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Parks criticized protest organizers and those who filed the lawsuit against the city, saying that officers Monday night asked them to try to disperse the rowdy crowd - which was hurling cement chunks, bottles and debris over the fence at officers.
Parks, city officials and conventiongoers have praised the often-criticized Police Department, for preventing the mass chaos that some predicted an estimated 50,000 protesters could cause. DNC-related property damage was minimal and police made 194 arrests, compared with 390 arrests made by Philadelphia police during the Republican National Convention two weeks earlier.
Protesters, who called the LAPD's intensive operation ``menacing'' and ``intimidating,'' have said they tried to help disperse the crowd Monday night but that police moved in before they could.
Chris Calhoun Chris Calhoun, a Korean War veteran, was born in Opa-locka, Florida in 1934.
Calhoun was committed to a Florida State Hospital, Chattahoochee, located in Gadsden County in 1956 following a failed suicide attempt. , spokesman for the Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, American Civil Liberties Union American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), nonpartisan organization devoted to the preservation and extension of the basic rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution. , called the lawsuit a victory, and said Wednesday that it likely curbed violence.
``Ensuring that people do have a meaningful free speech option reduces overall tensions and potential problems,'' he said. ``Free speech is something that shouldn't be frustrated - because when it is frustrated, people feel they have to take other kinds of actions.''
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