Sunday, March 12, 2006

LAPD Chief Bratton on Controversial Issues: Watch Internet Video News Preview


Los Angeles, CA. In an eight-minute Internet video preview of a Full Disclosure Network™ interview LAPD Chief William Bratton covers controversial issues and reveals his surprising predictions. This free video is available for viewing “On Demand” 24/7 at the URL http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/450-1_Bratton_preview.php¨ as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™.

In this no-holds-barred interview conducted by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton, Chief Bratton provides his perspective on the following controversial issues:

  • The future of the costly Federal Consent Decree
  • Special Order 40: Prohibits LAPD officers asking anyone if they are here legally
  • Politicizing of the LAPD and politics of the budget process.
  • New York versus L.A. on “homeless” issues and “dumping” homeless on skid row
  • Police pursuits, officer-involved shootings
  • Police Commission vs “Use of Force Board” on the Devon Brown shooting
  • Issuing Concealed Weapon Permits (CCWs) to individuals

Chief Bratton told Full Disclosure ™ even though after five years the Federal Consent Decree was supposed to go away, much of the mandated operations would become a permanent part of the department’s operations. Four years ago he predicted the cost of the Federal Consent Decree would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars for a five year period. Now, he says that it should be looked at as an “investment” as much of it will remain in place, even after the Federal Judge finds the Department in compliance.

In this two-part Full Disclosure Network™ interview Bratton was asked about the decision of the Police Commission to overrule his recommendation on the Devon Brown shooting where they found the shooting to be “out of policy” and the department “Use of Force Board” found it to be “in policy”. Bratton explained the Police Commissioners, who sit in judgment on officer involved shootings and “use of force” incidents, are not required to have knowledge or experience in police operations, but that they made a “good faith” effort in this case.

The full one hour Bratton interview, will appear on 43 cable systems over the next six months. The eight-minute preview will be available on the Internet, indefinitely on the http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ website.

Since 1992 the Full Disclosure Network™ cable television programs have focused on law enforcement policy at the local, state and nation level. All LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to Chief Bratton have appeared on the program as well as most of the former U. S. Attorneys General, Special and Independent Presidential Prosecutors . In 2002 a Special Series featuring Los Angeles officials, entitled “ L.A.’s War Against Terrorism” received a local Emmy Award for public affairs/informational programming from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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