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Bratton's excellent London adventure

BrattonLAPD chief William Bratton attended the London tabloid The Sun's "Broken Britain summit" on crime last week (in conjunction with the Conservative Party), got some attention from the papers, and also came in for a bit of satire. By the end of the week, the incumbent police commissioner was out of a job and Bratton was being mentioned by the mayor of London as a worthy successor. The Sun, which claimed credit for bringing Bratton to town, came right out and said Saturday "The Los Angeles hardman ó famed for his zero tolerance methods ó wants to replace Sir Ian Blair as Londonís Metropolitan Police Commissioner. He met London Mayor Boris Johnson last week." Bratton followed up by telling The Sun it probably ain't going to happen:

I am flattered to be thought of for a job as significant as that. The reality is I do not expect to be approached or considered. I donít think thereís much thinking in government circles of bringing in a Yank. I am not sitting by the phone but I keep my options open.

It was just last May when Bratton denied a report in the Daily Mail that he was advising London's mayor.

Earlier: LA Observed video with Bratton


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