Chief Bill Bratton sworn-in for a second term
In a ceremony mixing "CHOWDER PRIDE" with Hollywood theatrics, LAPD Chief Bill Bratton was sworn-in for a second term at the Police Academy in Elysian Park.
With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa looking on, the ceremonial "Pining of the Badge" was done by the chief's dad, William E. Bratton. This was a emotional moment for the chief. His father has been on hand for each of the chief's previous promotional ceremonies, except in 2002 when his mother, June was very ill.
One cannot argue that Bratton has turn around the state of affairs at the LAPD since taking over in 2002. Since then Bratton has become arguably the most popular politician in the city.
He has confronted controversy head on, whether it be the shooting of Devin Brown, or the May Day protest at MacArthur Park. Crime is down overall from 2002. Yet gang violence is still of paramount concern. One thing that is sure, Chief Bratton enjoys national support for his policing efforts, ....... and somewhere, is a former chief who bitterly laments what could of been.
P.S. who was the guy that had the insight to hire Bratton ????