(AP) The city’s largest newspaper says Police Chief Bernard Parks should abandon his quest for a second term now that he has lost the backing of the mayor.
The civilian Police Commission has until May to decide if Parks, 58, will serve a second and final term.
The Los Angeles Times said in an editorial that Parks should “walk away proud” following Mayor James Hahn’s announcement last week that he does not support a second term for the chief.
“This part of the political tango is over; Hahn has abruptly left Parks on the dance floor, music blaring, and the crowd is now heading for the exits,” the newspaper said Sunday. “Even if Parks were to win approval from the Hahn-appointed Police Commission, he loses, and more important, the city loses.”
An officer in the department’s communications office said Monday, before office hours, that Parks had no immediate response.
The editorial said the city could not afford a power struggle with “obvious racial overtones.” Parks is black and Hahn is white.