Los Angeles, CA. Allegations that LAPD Chief William Bratton may have a conflict of interest in the ongoing LAPD Federal Consent decree that is being monitored by his former employer Kroll & Associates are featured in a thirteen minute Full Disclosure Network™ Video News Blog. In the video are Chief Bratton, Councilman Bernard Parks, LAPD Captain Ken Hillman (ret), Assistant Chief David Gascon (ret), and LAPD Inspector General Jeffery Eglash (1998-2003). Available on the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog26.php “Free”, on demand, 24/7 as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™.
In a February 2006 interview with the Full Disclosure Network™, Bratton predicted the Federal Consent Decree mandates would be extended beyond the five-year deadline to comply. Reasons cited were the Department’s failure to develop an experimental and comprehensive computer tracking system for officers, known as Teams II. According to LAPD Captain Ken Hillman, the specifications for the computer system are “pie in the sky”, and that no such computer system exists in the nation or the world.
Hillman went on to say “The problem is that Chief Bratton previously was an Associate with Kroll (International Consultants) and as such he was put in a position to oversee and monitor the implementation of the Federal Consent Decree for LAPD prior to being selected as Chief of Police (LAPD). I don’t know if there is really an incentive for Chief Bratton to get out of the Federal Consent Decree because, in turn, if he were to get the Police Department out of the Federal Consent decree, his friends and Associates at Kroll would no longer have a job with the City of Los Angeles.
Hosted by Leslie Dutton, the Full Disclosure Network™ Video News Blog contains comments from former LAPD Chief and now Councilman Bernard Parks who describes the “useless” ethnic and racial data that is being collected by police officers under the mandate of the Federal Consent Decree and he describes it as a “politically correct” function. Bratton agrees.
Former Assistant LAPD Chief Dave Gascon describes how the 300 best and brightest (police employees) were to be taken off the streets to perform (paper work) functions of the Federal Consent Decree. Chief Bratton defends the use of highly trained personnel, including himself in performing the Court mandated functions. LAPD Inspector General Jeffery Eglash describes how the under the Federal Consent Decree the auditors are now auditing the auditors and “there are a lot of redundancies in the process.”
On November 2, 2000 the elected officials of Los Angeles agreed to a comprehensive court settlement of a civil rights case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against the Los Angeles police department. This settlement agreement is referred to as the LAPD Federal Consent Decree, it was to be in force for five years and if compliance for two consecutive years, the lapd would be relieved of the federal oversight and monitoring costs and procedures. as of this year, that period is up.
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