Thoughts from the Chief
Not this Chief, the other Chief. Bratton speaks up in the Times editorial section:
The people of Los Angeles must make a decision.
Do you want a city that is safe for families and businesses to thrive? Or do you want to rely on hope that the gangs and violence endemic to some neighborhoods won't threaten the places where you live and work?
During the last two years, the Los Angeles Police Department has shown that it has the courage and knowledge to reduce crime and to do it largely in a lawful and accountable way. But to achieve our goals, we need greater resources. Throughout our history, we've been asked to do too much for too long with too little.
If only the Mayor who "had the guts to make the difficult decision" to hire Bratton could lead this city and deliver the goods, we wouldn't have this problem. I think the Chief may need a new horse if he wants to win this race!