As He Leaves, Bratton Hears Hurrahs From Media


Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, who announced his resignation after seven years in L.A., is being given the media equivalent of a standing ovation as he leaves. The city’s Times said in an editorial, “Bratton was the right person in the right place at the right time.” Bratton “made important improvements as chief,” said La Opinion. “He was able to change the damaged image of the LAPD and improve the relationship of the police with minority communities.” Writing in the Times, noted criminologist James Q. Wilson called the crime decline under Bratton “extraordinary.” He called Bratton “the best thing that happened to the LAPD since William H. Parker,” the legendary chief.

The L.A. Daily News enthused, “The law enforcement veteran tackled the issues and, city officials and civic leaders say, succeeded in restoring the image of the Los Angeles Police Department.” The paper listed a number of Bratton’s accomplishments, including implementation of reforms after the Rampart scandal, adjustments of policies and practices, and his application of the “broken-window” approach to policing, which was cited in the crime decline.

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