Picking the Next Chief of Police
On September 3, 2009 LA CAN members attended one of several community meetings, reportedly, convened to receive public input on the selection of the next Los Angeles Chief of Police. If you comb the pages of news-rags like the LA Times one would be led to believe that LAPD community relations had reached an all time high. However, the temperament in the room was something altogether different. While you clearly had a few Bratton fans in the room the overwhelming majority of attendees had severe critique of the LAPDs crime fighting efforts and new found relationships with residents of color.
In a city like Los Angeles the Police Chief, while selected, is a very powerful and political position. More importantly, the LAPD budget accounts for approximately half of our general fund dollars which means every dollar spent on questionable has a direct impact on poor communities.
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