Thursday, October 18, 2007

News Directors Views Sought On Bratton Coverage & Mac Arthur Park: Cable TV Series Sunday/Monday

The Full Disclosure Network® (FDN) is seeking to interview all the Southern California News Directors on the Media coverage on the reappointment of Chief William Bratton and the “May Day Melee” in Mac Arthur Park . This suggestion was first prompted during a Full Disclosure cable TV series to be featured this week end on:

L.A. Cable Channel 36
Sunday (10-21-07) 8-9 p.m
Monday (10-22-07) 4-5 p.m

Southern California News Directors have been sent personal invitations, along with a seven minute DVD video preview of a two-part Full Disclosure® cable television series where a prominent news industry leader suggested that the News Directors would be a valuable resource to provide information how the media is covering the story.

Donald Zachary who serves as Director and Legal counsel for the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNA) appeared in the FDN two-part series suggested that Full Disclosure Network® contact the individual News Directors to gain their perspective on the media coverage of the incident and subsequent events. Also appearing in the series is former media personality Xavier Hermosillo, who served as a long-time LAPD disciplinary hearing officer and who is highly critical of the current LAPD Chief's first five year term. Watch a seven minute preview of the series here.
Full Disclosure® is seeking answers to the following questions from the News Directors:
  • Should the public and the media question the Police Commission's decision to unanimously reappoint Chief Bratton to a second five year term, in the middle the internal investigation?
  • Should the media have questioned Bratton's performance evaluation more extensively?
  • Did any media report what happened to the FBI Investigation of the police misconduct in MacArthur Park?
  • Was the final report on Mac Arthur Park delayed? Why?
  • Did the news organizations press the LAPD for release of the Final Report?
  • Does political control of the police department jeopardize media access to information and ability to cover events?
  • Will there be live media coverage of Chief Bratton being sworn into office by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for a second five-year term on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at the LAPD Police Academy?

The full two-part Full Disclosure Network® series will be aired on L.A. Cable Channel 36 from 8-9 p.m. this Sunday and repeat on Monday from 4-5 p.m. and will be shown on 45 cable systems throughout California over the next several weeks.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Police Reformers Politicized the LAPD: Cable & Internet T.V. Series

The Full Disclosure Network® is featuring a two-part series on the impact of police reformers on the Los Angeles Police Department following the Rodney King riots in 1992. The programs are to be shown on 45 cable systems and the Internet:

Oct. 14th Sunday 8-9 p.m.
Oct 15th Monday 4-5 p.m.

Or Click on the links below

Watch Here: PART 1 AND PART 2 (28:30 min ea) Check Other Channels & Airtimes

LAPD Chief William Bratton:

On December 27, 2002 the newly appointed Chief told Full Disclosure® Host Leslie Dutton that Los Angeles is considered a Democratic (Party) stronghold and that is why then Mayor James Hahn had hired a lobbyist to represent the City on matters before the Republican Administration of President George Bush.

LAPD Captain Kenneth Hillman (ret):

In this two-part series Hillman describes a small group of partisan police reformers as Democrats, who transformed the Los Angeles Police Department into the politicized organization that it is today. Hillman said, "they own it" referring to political leaders and the ACLU who now have complete control of the LAPD and are responsible for the direction of the Department. Full Disclosure® interviewed Captain Ken Hillman in April 2005. Having served as a Director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) prior to Bratton's appointment he had a first row seat during the selection of Chief Bratton.

Here are a few observations made by Hillman in this two part series:

  • LAPD policy changes every time a new Chief is selected, because under City Charter Reform Proposition “F”
  • The Mayor now has complete control over removal of the Chief of Police.
  • He explains why the Police Union became so powerful following the Rodney King Riots
  • Describes the reforms brought on by the Christopher Commission
  • Points to the Charter Amendment Proposition “F” in 1992 that changed the Chief's position from a Civil Service postition to a political appointment.
  • The police union became powerful out of self-preservation and need to protect officers rights.
  • The Mayor who now controls the appointments of Police Commissioners and the Chief.
  • The role of the Police Union in electing the Mayor
  • The promises the Mayor made to get the Union endorsement
  • The 3 day work week (12 hour days) for officers once the Mayor was elected

Over the past fifteen years Full Disclosure® programs have been billed as “the news behind the news” and are featured on 45 cable systems and the Internet at The programs are produced by Emmy Award winning Host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston and sponsored by the Citizens Protection Alliance, a non-profit, educational organization.

Since 1992 the Full Disclosure® programs have explored police policies, politics, corruption and reform, interviewing all the LAPD Chiefs from Ed Davis to William Bratton as well as the Southern California County Sheriffs and most U.S. Attorneys General and Special Prosecutors involved in Presidential investigations. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs EMMY Award for the series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” featuring LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, Sheriff Leroy Baca, LAPPL Director Ken Hillman and Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Media & Bratton Critic Speak Out on LAPD Investigation: Seven (7) minute video preview here

Los Angeles, CA Full Disclosure Network® presents a FREE seven (7) minute Internet video preview of a two part cab;e TV series covering the controversial reappointment of Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, to a second five year term, amid the ongoing investigation of the “May Day Melee” in Mac Arthur Park. Click here to watch the video.

The Full Disclosure® series features Donald Zachary, Director and Legal Counsel for the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNA) and Xavier Hermosillo a former TV and Radio personality who serves as an LAPD Disciplinary Hearing Officer. The series is hosted by Leslie Dutton.
Here are some of the issues covered in the series and the preview:

  • Concerns regarding the process and questionable reappointment of Chief Bratton prior to the release of the May Day Investigation Report.
  • The troubling long delay in releasing the LAPD’s Mac Arthur Park Investigation Report on the “May Day Melee”.
  • Mistreatment and inordinate control of media personnel during public events.
  • Perceived management and system failures within the Department that contributed to damages, physical injuries and city liability.
  • Political corruption contributing to LAPD failures
Known as “the news behind the news” Full Disclosure Network® cable television programs are featured on 45 cable systems and the Internet. Sponsored by the Citizens Protection Alliance since 1992, the programs are produced by Leslie Dutton and T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Full Disclosure® special series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local public affairs Emmy Award for the informational series featuring L.A.P.D. Chief Bernard Parks, Sheriff Leroy Baca, LAPPL Director and LAPD Lt. Ken Hillman and Councilman Mark Ridley Thomas. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at

Monday, October 01, 2007

Full Disclosure Network® Cable TV Series: How California Parents Won Back Their School District

Orange County, CA. Learn how the parents in South Orange County successfully fought to take back control of the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD). Full Disclosure Network® has recorded the historical battle in school district that started back in 2005 and has taken almost two years to completion. The parents war against CUSD is documented seven episodes to date, including six complete shows along with three stimulating viedo news blogs all available on DVDs. Produced by Emmy Award winning Host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston and featuring all the parents who led the Recall of and Reform campaign and elected officials from small cities within the District.


Collectors Set of Seven DVDs
  1. "Parents Declare War on Their School " (Episodes 1-2)

  2. "Citizens Provoke DA Raids on District" (Episodes 3-4)

  3. "Local Officials Speak Out: Trustees Step Aside" (Episodes 5-6)

  4. (Episode #7) Three Video News Blogs (on one DVD) includes the following:

  5. Video News Blog #1: " School Corruption Sparks Citizen Revolt"

  6. Video News Blog #2: "Recall Election Corrupted: Parents Expose"

  7. Video News Blog #3: "Has the OC Registrar Broken Down?"


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