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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Bratton to Step Down

The LA Times is reporting that William Bratton is stepping down as LAPD chief.

Bratton is leaving LAPD to head a security firm. One has to wonder about what the real reason might be since he had three or four more years on his deal with the City.... something that hasn't surfaced yet?

Read the Times article here. Bratton is staying at post until October. New article with more details here.

Ron Kaye reports rumors that City Attorney Trutanich may have uncovered something regarding Bratton and the Michael Jackson memorial. Bratton had put his home up for sale a month ago, so the timing probably does not support the MJ Memorial rumor.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Those idiot Mrs. Doubtfires Smith and Zine, and Bitter Bernie finally have made Bratton say he's had enough. Even Bill Rosendahl's joined them in denying the LAPD the expansion we were promised for our trash fee hikes and Phone Tax S, after they got Bratton to shill for them. I'm sure he's made being lied to and used. Zine and these fools have been trying to order him around and "break his ego" because they'll small men.

Then idiot Zine and new City Attorney moron Trutanich also bashed Bratton and LAPD after their excellent handling of the Jackson events which prevented what could have been many millions in lawsuits. Just to grandstand. With Jack Weiss gone and the Mayor weakened, these idiots were left and couldn't rest until they drove him off. Great, now they and Paul Weber of the Police Protective League will try to put Zine or some other rightwinger in there, putting politics over excellence.

The Consent Decree has been lifted with Bratton's help, but I don't believe he wouldn't have stayed to get the LAPD on more even keel if it weren't for these idiots replacing his solid base of support and "battling Bratton" in everything. Smith thinks he "won" over the movie cop uniforms, huh?

August 05, 2009 10:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Love or hate him Bratton never took crap from all the P.C. crybabies in this town. Mayor Villar is free now to pick a replacement cut from his own cloth of criminal coddlers. Bad bad news for the City of L.A.

August 05, 2009 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


August 05, 2009 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'll put my money on Jim O'Donnell to replace Bratton. He has been running the place in Bratton's constant absence and is one solid cop.

It will be an easy transition and O'Donnell can get along with Nuch.

Remember, yuo heard it here, first.

August 05, 2009 10:56 AM  

Blogger Retarded Superstar said:

Insider word is that Retarded Superstar is the frontrunner for the job.

August 05, 2009 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1056, heard it from WHO first? You're posting anonymously, so how can you get credit?

August 05, 2009 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good riddance. Who can honestly say that gang-infested LA is safer now than when PC Bratton took over.

August 05, 2009 11:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Asst. Chief Paysinger, who's black and was in charge of the Lakers parade and downtown Jackson events, and always does a stellar job, would be great and a top contender. So is Charlie Beck, head of Detectives.

Who gives a shit who gets along with that moron Trutanich. Ron Kaye and others are reporting his hassling the Chief over the Jackson events is maybe the straw that broke the camel's back as far as his staying. Trutanich lashed out at LAPD and Bratton for doing such an excellent job in keeping the crowds away and avoiding lawsuits. Ron has heard Trutanich is talking about suing him? A-hole.

Greig Smith replacing Jack Weiss another big straw, and I agree his being so intent on "beating" him over the uniform issue might have just been the tip of the iceberg.

A huge loss to L A.

August 05, 2009 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I felt something was in the works when Brattons house was put on the market in July in a down market in housing.

August 05, 2009 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Janice Hahn wants Sharon Papa because she says it's time for a woman, "girl power." O'Connell, Paysinger and Beck are top contenders and my vote goes to either of the last two. Paysinger is awesome, and Beck has been at the forefront of eliminating the rape kit backlog with Weiss and Greig Smith on public safety. Either of these guys brings continuity and can work with the council and mayor.

August 05, 2009 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Time for a Hispanic. The Whites had thier turn and so did the Blacks. Comme on Tony don't let us down!

August 05, 2009 11:32 AM  

Blogger Retarded Superstar said:

Give a retard like me a chance! It's time we had a mongoloid police chief.

August 05, 2009 11:32 AM  

Blogger Retarded Superstar said:

I'm a hispanic retard! Pick me for the job! Give a retard latino a chance!

August 05, 2009 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Actually it's Jim McDonnell, not O'Donnell. You heard it here first.

Jim was in the running for chief the last time when Bratton was selected. He's a great guy. Would make a good chief and would continue the good work of Bratton.

But then politics will raise its ugly head and Zine and Smith will want someone they can control which is exactly the reason they should be ignored.

I'm guessing that Bratton isn't leaving because of Zine and Smith because he went through worse in New York, and dealing with egotisical, know-it-all polticians comes with the job.

It's probably that he has done as much as he can do within the system, and now he has an opportunity to make more money, much more money, and probably accomplish more than staying within any police department.

August 05, 2009 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Moderator said:

Retarded Superstar,

I just got off the phone with Mayor V. Relax. You're in the running.

August 05, 2009 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bratton has never been just about the money. Respect is a huge deal.
I'm sure he wouldn't run from any blowharding petty politicians, but with Smith, Zine, Weber and Trutanich wanting someone weaker to control, and no one left on Council to stand up for LAPD, with these jerks giving him a hard time instead of appreciating how he's done so much while being understaffed, you could see him get increasingly testy when he had to deal with them. He wouldn't run from challenge but who needs this disrespect from petty tyrants and threats from retard Trutanich.

Hey Retarded Superstar, sorry, your team is already amply represented. It's the excess of retards that's the problem.

August 05, 2009 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rumors???? As if Ron is from any credible news source anymore. Ron supported Trutanich, the Police Union with their thugs supported and spent over $700,000 of officer's dues to get Trutanich in and hated and were jealous of Bratton, officers hate the PPL and are now meeting with Teamsters behind their back, city council assholes and didn't like Bratton. Connect the dots people.!! Trutanich is earning that $700,000 paycheck from the PPL and Ron is doing Trutanich pr work. What is Ron getting paid?? Trutanich has come in as a low life thug. Whether you liked Bratton or not you gotta hand it to him for doing a great job with LAPD. This city treated him like shit so who can blame him. There seems to be more of a backlash now with e-mails I'm getting against Trutanich and PPL. People aren't happy about this. Northeast people are saying Gason is coming back and making this a sanctuary city cause he's BFF with Antonio.

August 05, 2009 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Amazing how a rumor can run rampant like this. Shows the mafia mentality of Trutanich. We all know about the corruption in city hall, yet makes you wonder why Trutanich would go after a Chief if this is true. I heard even Steve Cooley had to have a serious talk with his boy to tell him to knock it off after that diaster in city council on memorial. Why is Ron Kaye even getting in the middle of this? Makes him suspect as to motive. He's acting like a girl helping out her boyfriend. The Police Union with crook Paul Weber calling the shots with Trutanich telling him how to make his every move. Ask Paul Weber and police union what do they do with the $6 million they get from officers. They give it to city council members.

August 05, 2009 12:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As much as I detest Bratton for turning on LAPD during the May Day Melee, he did a respectable job.

Who knows the real reason....but New Yorkers have more character and ethics than the entire city of LA. I think he and his wife, Ricky Kleeman (Court TV) are just sick of LA and miss the sophistication and intelligence of New yorkers!

Villar has totally destroyed this city with his ghetto trash from south of the border....there's nothing left!

When you can't find anyone to run for Mayor against the dumbest and most illiterate Mexican peon on the planet....things have hit rock bottom!

Just cede LA to Tijuana...and call it a day! No one cares anymore!

August 05, 2009 12:56 PM  

Blogger Foxy LA Lady said:

Best news I've heard all year. Wonder who's stepping down next. ;-)

August 05, 2009 1:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sad to see him leave but for someone of his abilities it is to be expected. As a local activist type I certainly appreciate the better relationships with the senior leads and the drop in crime. When you are in any sort of leadership position everyone is snipping at you with their petty problems. The larger problem facing LA now is the shiller that will appoint a new one, please Bill stay 3 more years. He and the former controller were the only two civic leaders with a backbone and were not crooks.

August 05, 2009 1:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Weber and Trutanich (and Zine) can't be allowed to influence who's Chief! You know they'll try to put in one of their own thugs.

In his speech Bratton was flanked by the Mayor and Mack, and had warm words for them both. He even said he respects the council for trying their best to promote public safety, even if they disagree. No mention of scumbag Trutanich.

Trutanich, Berger and that rightwing radio hack I won't mention are crying about that L A Times 'high five" photo, saying they can't trust the Times anymore even though they (to their shame) endorsed him just to clip Antonio's wings. They're saying maybe "transparent" won't include the Times anymore, just news media favorable to them. So they can do their dirty work in even greater secret.

They attacked Jack Weiss and his campaign for exposing the truth about Tru and refused to expose his own PR lies, but we're learning that he's far more vindictive than we even could have imagined.

How dumb to go after the best Chief this city has ever had and may have?

What's tragic is that to his rightwing supporters this is a GOOD thing, they hate "Ratton."

August 05, 2009 1:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:56, if Brattoin misses the "sophistiction and intelligence" of New York, it's not the mayor who he'd be thinking about but Zine, Smith, Trutanich, Cooley etc., all the provincial hacks who attack him and hated Jack Weiss as intellectual "elitist," and frankly Higby and the bloggers here were on the wrong side and gave him no respect.

Jill Stewart's Weekly articles spoke to that demographic too. It's all such sharp contrast to what he gets in New York, DC and internationally.

This past month with the Nooch persecuting lAPD and him, instead of thanking him for how they handled JAX and the Lakers, was the final straw.

Sure he seemed irritated at Smith's power play over the uniforms, but he's known Smith for years. He'd put their house on the market earlier in July, maybe it's just coincidence as soon as that buffoon

August 05, 2009 1:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Foxy Lady 1:03 maybe IS Bitter Bernie, Jr.

August 05, 2009 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seems a lot of people are not happy about this at all. With the feds letting out over 40,000 inmates whose in charge? Paul Weber,police union, Trutanich now Ron Kaye all part of a little conspiracy theory but by men who most likely have dicks as small as my picky. What grown men behave sneaky behind the scenes? Where the hell is their manhood? Fox LA Lady is Parks Jr. Problem is no one in this city ever gave Bratton credit. We are living in a city full of assholes, weak ass men, lame bimbo women on city council, gang banger Mayor and Bratton was not part of that group. He deserved so much. I'm waiting for rank and file to vote Weber and his crooks out in the fall.

August 05, 2009 1:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As much I agree with the first poster and want to blame Smith, Zine and Parks, the most important thing at this point is to not allow them to have any say. In fact, the mayor should hire the opposite of who those two fat asses and one bitter councilmember want.

Monica, you can't really be happy about this just because of the Michael Jackson money. Seriously?

This will be AV's toughest new-hire yet. I don't envy him at all.

Bratton was the best police chief we've ever had. I agree this is a monumental loss to Los Angeles.

August 05, 2009 1:35 PM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

if Gaston is nominated as caretaker chief then he WON'T BE the next permanent chief. Bratton will influence the decision of who is to replace him.

I said it a year ago when I called for the police commission not to re=appoiunt Bratton...solely because he's never here like the cholo Mayor, and has his fingers in too many other pies to be relevant here.

and was I right????

and something about rats being the first to abandon a sinking ship?

August 05, 2009 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cherchez la femme.

August 05, 2009 8:38 PM  

Anonymous g said:

good riddence to bratton. the only chief to live in a multi-million dollar mansion and call himself a public servant. the riots in mccarther park his answer to race control and rampart, also his stubburn refusal to give police the right to question criminals caught in the act about there resident status. this from someone who claims to want to stop terrorists and criminals, what a hippocrite. hopefully the next chief will be smarter and not travel the globe as are chief.

August 06, 2009 3:02 PM  

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