Saturday, September 01, 2007

Sunday On Cable TV: LAPD Chief Bratton on Guns, Shootings, Homeless & Police Policy (Internet Video Preview 8 min)

Los Angeles, CA. September 1, 2007 The Full Disclosure Network® is re-releasing a two-part hour-long interview with LAPD Chief William Bratton, covering controversial issues and providing surprising predictions to be featured on:
L.A. Cable Channel 36
Sunday, September 2nd 8-9 p.m.
Monday, September 3rd, 4-5 p.m.

A free eight minute video preview is available for viewing "On Demand" 24/7 (click here to watch) this public service of the Full Disclosure Network®. In addition the Bratton interview is being featured on 45 other cable systems. The no-holds-barred interview is conducted by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and reveals his most candid and remarkable response to troublesome issues that have been plaguing the LAPD for years. Here are just a few short quotes from Chief Bratton:

  • Homeless Policy in L.A. :............ "It's a national disgrace"
  • Ongoing Federal Consent Decree Costs: ........."Nobody really knows"
  • Special Order 40: .........."LAPD officers cannot ask people if they are here legally "
  • Politicizing the LAPD: "If the Mayor says we are to meet (certain) demands, is that politics?"
  • Police Commission overruling the Department on Devon Brown shooting: ...... "So be it"
  • Is Police Commission process on Officer involved shootings fair?: ..... "It is what it is".
  • Does he worry about officer morale when shootings are determined out-of policy? ..... "No I don't"
  • Issuing Concealed Weapon Permits (CCWs):...... "I am a strong gun control advocate"

Chief Bratton told Full Disclosure® even though after five years the Federal Consent Decree was supposed to go away if the LAPD was in compliance, much of the mandated operations would become a permanent part of the department's operations. Four years ago, on Full Disclosure® he predicted the cost of the Federal Consent Decree could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars for a five year period. In this new interview he says that it should be looked upon as an investment.

The Chief also comments on qualifications of the (Mayor appointed) Police Commissioners who have the power to overrule his recommendations, such as on the Devon Brown shooting and when the Department's "Use of Force Board" found it to be "in policy". Bratton explained that 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, that they make a good faith decision.

Since 1992 many of the Full Disclosure Network® cable television programs have focused on law enforcement policy at the local, state and national level. All LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to Chief Bratton have appeared on the program. Other law enforcement officials featured include L.A. County District Attorneys Steve Cooley and Gil Garcetti, L. A. County and Orange County Sheriffs and most of the former U. S. Attorneys General, Special and Independent Presidential Prosecutors,

The Full Disclosure® program is produced by Leslie Dutton and T. J. Johnston and sponsored by the Citizens Protection Alliance, a non-profit, educational organization. In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented host Dutton with a local Emmy for the public affairs series featuring Los Angeles law enforcement and city officials, entitled " L.A.'s War Against Terrorism". Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

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