Austria admits Beermen lacked any effort in Game 4 loss View comments Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone didn’t have to look far to find reasons to fear the San Miguel Beermen even after the Gin Kings blew them out in Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beat San Miguel, 127-99, in Game 1, but the Beermen bounced back with a vengeance, winning the next two games by an average margin of 31.5 points, including a 38-point victory on Wednesday.The series has become impossible to predict but Cone thinks there’s going to be a game that’s going to end the trend of blowouts.READ: Austria admits Beermen lacked any effort in Game 4 loss“I think there are close games out there. I don’t think either coach Leo (Austria) or I wanna play this kind of games. It’s great if you’re on one side of it but the other side is terrible. You feel so helpless, you go home and you can sleep. It’s really hard to lose those guys like that,” he said.“But like I said, I have no idea what’s gonna happen in Game 5 after this.”ADVERTISEMENT All Cone had to do was to look back at Games 2 and 3 to know what to expect from the Beermen two nights from now.“I guess the last thing to say is this doesn’t very secure us for Game 5,” Cone told reporters after Ginebra whipped San Miguel, 130-100, on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: PBA Finals: Brownlee, Ginebra tie series with 30-point rout of San Miguel“We don’t know what’s gonna happen in Game 5 but you’d think because you won big now you feel good going into Game 5,” he said. “All it does is just scare me even more because we’ve seen their fight coming out of the last time we did this so we’ll see.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
“In order to match the demographics of the city, you certainly shouldn’t compromise your standards,” he said. However, critics say change isn’t happening fast enough. Zanku Armenian of the Armenian National Committee said the department needs to step up recruitment while training current officers to better navigate the community. “Just like you would have diversity training in a major corporation, there needs to be that kind of fundamental training in the department in order to evolve the culture,” said Armenian, a board member of the group’s western region chapter. “It takes a long time and very thoughtful effort.” Past friction between the department and some Armenians has fostered a measure of distrust. Stephan Partamian, an Armenian community activist, said police made it a point to pull over people of color in the 1980s, a time before the city’s demographics shifted. “I think right now, it’s the best as ever,” said Partamian, who hosts a call-in television show. “Glendale police have done very well in adapting to the multicultural face of Glendale. … But every week, people call me to complain.” A lot of the calls are rooted in cultural misunderstanding, Partamian said. He recalls a run-in he had last year with an officer during a traffic stop: “He came to the window. … In a very bad manner, he asked me something – then he spit on the floor, like something I had seen in a Western movie. “I gave him my driver’s license, and he asked me how many times had I been arrested,” Partamian said. “I think it’s impolite.” Partamian said he took the issue to the City Council – three of the five councilmen are of Armenian descent – and met with Adams, who listened to his concerns. “It turned out he was a rookie officer and had a habit of chewing tobacco.” That’s not to say would-be Armenian-American criminals won’t try to take advantage of a common ethnicity. “Obviously, that’s happened,” said Abrahamian, a 10-year Glendale police veteran who was born in Iran and grew up in Los Angeles. “I’ve arrested somebody and they would say, `How is it? Can you let me go?’ “The answer is, no.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! According to city and census estimates, at least 30 percent of its residents are Armenian-American, 20 percent are Latino and 17 percent Asian-American. But the current force of 253 officers – 6 percent are of Armenian descent, 23 percent Latino, 6 percent Asian-American and 60 percent white – still needs to catch up. “Ideally, you want your police force to match the demographics of the city,” Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams said in a recent interview. “The reality is, that does not happen overnight.” The department has made progress – a decade ago, only three officers out of a force of 195 were Armenian-American, compared with seven in 2002 and 14 today. The difficulty lies in finding enough recruits who meet department standards – and a cultural bias of some Armenian families who view law enforcement as a blue-collar profession to be avoided, Adams said. GLENDALE – Tigran Topadzhikyan was born in Soviet-era Armenia, a repressive place where police officers didn’t have the best public image. So it wasn’t entirely a surprise that his mother would frown on his decision to pursue a law enforcement career. “My mom was a little apprehensive,” said Topadzhikyan, 31, who has served as a Glendale police officer for more than a decade. “She thinks it was dangerous even when I was an (police) Explorer. I was the first one in my family doing something like that. She supports me throughout now.” Topadzhikyan and Lola Abrahamian, also of Armenian descent, were among four officers recently promoted to sergeant – a boon to a department that has been trying to diversify its force to police an increasingly diverse city of 207,000.