Councilmember Bernard C. Parks will appear live on Headline News with hosts Sunny Hostin and Joey Jackson as part of a panel discussing race and its intersection with how law enforcement practices are implemented in the U.S.
Since grand juries voted not to indict officers involved in two highly controversial incidents involving the deaths of unarmed black men (Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York), demonstrations and die-ins have taken place domestically and worldwide. The officer-involved shooting deaths of a 12-year-old boy in Cleveland, Ohio, a 34-year-old man in Phoenix, Arizona, and a 28-year-old man killed in a stairwell in New York have had many insinuating police are using deadly force disproportionately on black men. Gawker highlighted the stories of minorities killed by police from 1999 to present.
The latest developments and unrest have stimulated the Department of Justice to revisit and strengthen racial profiling guidelines in place since 2003.
Parks, a Civil Rights Walk of Fame inductee, served as Chief of Police for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) from 1997-2002 and as an officer for 38 years. He was Assistant Chief during the OJ Simpson chase and Deputy Chief during the Rodney King beating: two highly incendiary events in Los Angeles’s and the world’s history.
Councilmember Bernard C. Parks is concluding his third and final term as a Councilmember for the 8th district in the City of Los Angeles. As Councilmember, he is a staunch advocate for holding elected officials accountable for their actions and promoting transparency. As former Chief of Police with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), he is credited with creating the nation’s first Cold Case Unit to close unsolved crimes and reforming one of the nation’s most renowned police forces. Councilmember Bernard C. Parks will celebrate 50 years of public service on February 1, 2015.
WHEN: Monday, December 8, 4:00 p.m. (pacific time)
WHO: Councilmember Bernard C. Parks
Hosts Sunny Hostin and Joey Jackson
Other invited guests
WHERE: On TV, Headline News
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