Early life and education
Parks attended Los Angeles City College and received a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University. He earned a Master’s Degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.
Tenure as LAPD Chief & Rampart Division scandal
During his tenure, the LAPD was rocked by a corruption and police brutality scandal involving the elite C.R.A.S.H. anti-gang unit of the Rampart Division in the overwhelmingly Latino Pico-Union and Westlakedistricts.
Los Angeles City Council
He also unsuccessfully ran for the post of mayor in the 2005 elections, coming fourth in the primary. In 2008, Parks unsuccessfully sought to succeed Yvonne Brathwaite Burke on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, losing to Mark Ridley-Thomas in a runoff election.