L.A. Panel Votes Against More Cops; Bratton Upset

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The Los Angeles City Council’s budget committee defied the mayor and the police chief, voting to delay expanding the Police Department on the grounds that it would jeopardize the city’s fiscal health.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Police Chief William J. Bratton responded by invoking the specter of Osama bin Laden and warning that the committee’s plan would hamper his department’s ability to prevent terrorism and reduce crime.

On a 4-1 vote, the committee recommended postponing for six months spending $69 million for 320 more police officers and other items favored by Mayor James K. Hahn. “We cannot give the [police] department carte blanche to keep hiring beyond the means that we have,” said City Council President Alex Padilla.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-council15may15,1,3734385.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dcalifornia

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