[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]
KNBC television reported yesterday that LAPD Chief William Bratton employed some very colorful and cinematic language in seeking to quash dissent within the department over the recent SWAT controversy. “You’re all familiar with ‘The Godfather’ movie” he told reporters, “and throughout most of the movie the Corleones are getting banged around pretty good and then Michael makes a statement that all debts will be settled. And at the end of the movie, all debts are settled in a very bloody way . . . I’m more than willing to take the slings and arrows for a couple more weeks, but like Michael Corleone, I’ll get my time.”
Thus is the chief of police threatening what one can only hope is a figurative rather than literal rubbing out for anyone who dares to question his wisdom. As of this writing, the remarks have received no coverage in the Los Angeles Times. Try to imagine our sophisticated betters at the Times being just as blasé if former Chief Daryl Gates had said anything even remotely similar.
Even worse, the Los Angeles Police Commission, Bratton’s titular bosses, held their regular weekly meeting this morning, yet no one on the Commission dared remind the chief that his comments might have been a bit over the top, and that anyone of lower rank who had said the same thing would be facing a lengthy suspension.
It’s hard to say who comes out looking worse in this, Bratton, the editors at the Times, or the police commissioners.
– Jack Dunphy
PATTERICO ADDS: Jack, remind me again why you write under a pseudonym?