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.

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