LA Dreamers: Our African-American Pioneers – Bernard Parks

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – We’re celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Southern California’s African-American Pioneers.

Today we’re honored to take a very special look at one “LA Dreamer” who turned his dreams into reality, City Councilman Bernard Parks.

As one of only two African-American police chiefs in Los Angeles history, Bernard Parks is a distinguished LA Dreamer.

The tough-minded Parks spent 38-years as an LAPD officer.

Under his resolute leadership as police chief, LA robberies and homicides plummeted by 45-percent. Rape declined by 20-percent.

After retiring from the force, the USC graduate never stopped serving his city.

Parks is now serving his third term as council member of LA’s 8th district.

Representing more than 250,000 people.

To find out more about Bernard Parks and other L.A. Dreamers, the Los Angeles Urban League has a special free exhibit called “The 90 That Built L.A.”

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  • Average American

    How about using the month to address the problems that are STILL in the LAPD and brought to light even more so by the Dorner case

  • mark

    This guy was only put there because he's a negro……not because he was the best qualified applicant…….and the only reason he joined was because like the rest of them,he couldnt find a job at a black owned business,company,or corporation,,,,,,BECAUSE THERE AREN'T ANY!!!!…..what a buncha TOMS!!!!

  • guest

    Im not surprised at the lack of comments considering Southern California law enforcement just executed former LAPD officer Dorner without a trial. Sad statement for where we our as a community and society.