Shortly after Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton pledged a crackdown on motion picture piracy, one of his captains was arrested on suspicion of selling bootleg DVDs. The Los Angeles Times says that Julie Nelson, 52, a decorated patrol captain and a 28-year LAPD veteran, was caught in a sting operation in which she is accused of selling counterfeit film titles like “The Cat in the Hat” to undercover officers. “The message here is, it does not matter what rank you are. If you break the law, we will come after you,” said Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell.
Nelson is a pioneer in investigative methods. In 1994, she set up an emergency response programs for victims of domestic violence and served as the head of Robbery Homicide Division’s rape unit.
Last Friday, Bratton joined other officials and movie industry executives to announce efforts against movie piracy. He vowed to keep an eye out for movie pirates and said officers would instruct movie theaters on how to make a citizen’s arrest if they found someone taping a film with a camcorder.