Departing Bratton Chided For “Churlishly Silly” Comments On L.A.


William Bratton, who leaves in two weeks as Los Angeles police chief, leaves a department that is dramatically more open and on better terms with the communities it polices but should stop “making churlishly silly comments about the city and its institutions,” says Los Angeles Times columnist Tim Rutten.

Bratton said recently that L.A. “is almost a city that doesn’t work in so many respects, and it’s frustrating. The New York minute — the reason that phrase is so appropriate for New York, things get done.” Rutten notes that it was Los Angeles — not Boston or New York — that gave Bratton “the resources and time to show conclusively what his obviously effective theories on urban policing can accomplish.” The columnist says that “some of his recent nonsense is attributable to the fact that the chief never before had lived or worked west of the Hudson and so lacks a sense of America’s institutional variety.”

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