We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Most of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Homophobic/Sexist Portland Chief Headed For LA?

by Pablo The PDX Goat Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2002 at 10:06 PM

Portland Police Bureau Chief Mark Kroeker has announced that he plans to apply for the vacant LAPD Chief position created by the resignation of Bernard Parks. Kroeker, whose 3 year tenure in Portland has been dogged by controversy, believes that he is the right person to lead LAPD out of its malaise.

Portland Police Bureau Chief Mark Kroeker announced, at a press conference Monday, that he intends to apply for the position of LA police chief which is vacant following the resignation of Bernard Parks at the weekend.

Kroeker, 58, is a 32 year veteran of LAPD who rose to the rank of deputy chief before retiring in 1997. He has twice before sought the top job in LA being rejected in favor of Parks on the last occasion.

After a spell working with the UN police in former Yugolsavia, Kroeker joined the Portland Police Bureau and almost immediately began alienating himslf from both the community and rank & file officers.

In May 2000, a demonstration in downtown Portland degenerated into a riot when cops were "let off the leash," firing pepper spray and bean bag rounds and beating up dozens of peaceful protesters. Kroeker pointedly refused to apologize for the police riot and failed to grasp that crowd control tactics honed in Yugoslavia are not appropriate for a peaceful protest in the "land of the free." City hearings and a vote of confidence saw Kroeker hanging on to his job by the skin of his teeth.

October 2000 saw Kroeker in more hot water when the Portland Alliance newspaper discovered tape recordings of speeches he made to extremist Christian groups during his time in LA. Kroeker made a number of homophobic and sexist remarks more suited to Rush Limbaugh than the police chief of one of the most diverse cities in the US. Again Kroeker refused to apologize, merely stating that he kept his personal views out of his professional life.

Rest assured Kroeker also learnt lessons about police brutality during his time in LA. Kroeker was a senior officer in Ramparts division while it was the most corrupt police unit in America. As deputy chief he was in charge of the San Fernando Valley bureau shortly after the Rodney King beatings and the South bureau shortly after the riots when King's attempted murderers were acquitted.

His time in Portland, with one of the lowest rates for crimes with guns of any major US metro city, has been marked by a number of controversial police shootings. These include an unarmed mentally ill hospital patient and an unarmed assault victim. Kroeker personally apologized to the assault victim in hospital and then held a news conference saying that the officer was not to blame.

So if Los Angeles thinks that it is well rid of Bernard Parks, you had better watch out. If Kroeker comes to town, your gain will be Portland's loss and Portland will be partying!

Report this post as:

© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy