Concerning the objection by L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks to L.A. Weekly writer Gene Maddaus' artiicle: L.A. Coliseum Fallout Continues ---
Parks writes, "It's been said that facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Someone should tell that to Gene Maddaus....."
"Throughout the article, when Maddaus wasn't picking and choosing the facts as he pleased, he was making baseless statements....."
maybe someone needs to remind Mr. Parks that facts are not borne into existence simply because he imagines them and desperately needs to use them as props in defending the excessive actions of the organization of which he is the top manager.
Mr. Parks is somewhat of an expert in the area of picking and choosing facts. Actually Mr. Parks has demonstrated experience in exaggeration, mischaracterization, distortion and blatant outright and total fabrication.
Mr. Parks placed his skills on view when he was Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. He authored the article which was printed in the Los Angeles Times August 16, 2000 titled:
Commentary: Protecting the Lives -- and Rights -- of All
As Chief of the LAPD, Bernard Parks tendered this article to the people of Los Angeles via the L.A. Times. This was Chief Parks response to the criticism earned by his department for their behavior on the first night of the Democratic Party National Convention held at the Staples Center in August 2000.
Chief Parks offered a version of events and a justification for his departments actions that night which also preserved for the records an example of his talent for the tactics of misleading, simple lying, complex lying and detailed compound complex lying.
You claim that the crowd had been whipped into a frenzy by the "pro-violence" rock group Rage Against the Machine. Mr. Parks - Rage Against the Machine had concluded their performance for quite some time and the attendees were enjoying the performance of Ozomatli when the bands P.A. was abruptly cut off and an LAPD Lt. made the announcement which served as the only warning the LAPD tactical alert ensemble would begin their pro-violence tour-de-force.
You describe a scenario where your officers had restrained themselves for over an hour prior to LAPD Lt. announcement, an hour that your men endured as the targets of rocks, concrete blocks and water bottles.
Mr. Parks - were you even at the Staples Center that evening? Because nobody was throwing rocks or concrete blocks at your officers or anyone else. There were a few instances in which individuals attempted to lob a water bottle up and over the 12-16 ft, high chain link fence which had been erected as part of the street barricades. Anybody on the other side of the fence could easily step aside and avoid a water bottle falling from above.
Mr. Parks - I don't think you were even there during the time you describe. But if the rock and concrete block assault had occurred - then its the job of your officers to arrest the perpetrators and present them to the City Attorney or the District Attorney for prosecution.
I know its been twelve years since, but you are the former Chief of the LAPD and current member of the L.A. City Council - I'm sure you can get quick action on a request to pull up files on arrests and bookings for the rock and block throwing which you claim was committed prior to the unleashing of your depts helmeted firing lines and mounted centurions.
In your L.A. Times Commentary, Mr. Parks - you describe the plight of your officers surrounded as they gaze over a horizon of fires lit and burning all around them. Your story was several lights years of hyperbole removed from the reality of that evening.
There were two or possibly three fires burning. Maybe they were intentionally lit, but we have no evidence to draw that conclusion. Because the fires were contained to metal rubbish containers and may have been caused by the disposal of a cigarette not properly extinguished.
The proper response to rubbish which is burning in a rubbish can would be to escort a member of the fire department to the location so that a fire extinguisher can be directed to it - not to order the expenditure of several modes of non-lethal projectile without warning at peaceful and compliant citizens. That response is completely unwarranted and dangerous - the ensuing panic can result in injury and even death.