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Resource ID: #14090
Subject: Police
Source: Los Angeles Times
Date: November 14-20, 1996


Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams's tenure in LA has been marked by epic lying, partisan power struggles, and a political climate that stifles criticism of African American leaders. His failures have been kept under wraps by racial bullying, which emerged in force when local black leaders accused Wiliams's city hall detractors of criticizing him only because he is black. That strategy cut off what would have been a messy, but long overdue, public airing of Williams's seeming inability to carry out all the necessary duties of his job. Although few LA political leaders will admit it publicly, they are hoping that Williams will quit, saving LA from a tidal wave of political divisiveness, racial recriminations, and bureaucratic finger-pointing.

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