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Bill Bratton Spreads International Sanity on Police Social Media Shutdowns

One of the most interesting things about Bill Bratton going to London to advise the British government on policing their post-riot societal strife, is that the former LAPD chief now has a huge international media contingent hanging on his every word. He’s now known around the world as the “US Supercop.” Yesterday, he used his Supercop powers for the forces of good. Bratton advised his new international following that shutting down social media in crisis situations is not justifiable–arguing it could hurt “good people.”

From Reuters:

“You have the potential to throw the whole community into even more critical shock,” he told a British parliamentary committee, referring to his own experiences of trying to contact family in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

He said social networking also helped the authorities warn people about where disturbances were occurring, while the police themselves often relied on the likes of Blackberry.

“There’s no denying in policing … that we are attempting to play catch up with (technology’s) impact,” he said.

We would have preferred Bratton to take a more principled stand on social media shutdowns, rather than a pragmatic one. But with the Occupy Wall Street movement spreading, we’re just glad to see America’s preeminent police figure tell the world that Hosni Mubarak-style crackdowns are not an acceptable form of policing.

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LA Weekly Reporter Reacts to Bratton Stepping Down

We’ll recap: Chief of Police Bill Bratton has been touting this statistic about how LA, this LA – the LA we live in, is one of the safest cities in the country and crime is down to 1956 levels. Patrick Range McDonald at the LA Weekly wrote a piece refuting those numbers. Then Bratton on Patt Morrison‘s KPCC show said because of the piece rebutting Bratton’s stats everyone at the LA Weekly was smoking a little weed. Well played. Your move, Sir.

Today Bratton announced he’s leaving before his term is over and so we asked McDonald for his thoughts and he sent us this:

I’m mostly not surprised about Bratton leaving L.A. There have been very recent signs this was going to happen.

First, there was Bratton’s home going up for sale. Then a good source told me and other reporters at the Weekly about a certain event involving the chief that made us wonder about things. Lastly, Villaraigosa recently called an important press conference, saying he was against releasing criminals early from California prisons. It was the kind of high profile event that Bratton usually shows up for, so he can throw around his political weight. This time, Bratton sent over assistant chief Jim McDonnell. I thought that was interesting. It made me think Bratton was grooming McDonnell for the top job.

So, like I said, the signs were there.

McDonald is SO holding.

Police Chief Bratton Says LA Weekly’s McDonald is ‘Smoking a Little Weed’

Bill_Bratton.jpg There is something very unsettling about a member of the LAPD accusing a reporter of doing drugs for disagreeing with them. That would go for any police force, but the LAPD – in a post-Rampart world – throwing around the ‘you’re a dope head’ dismissal for challenging his murky crime stats, is really…scary. And incredibly stupid.

But yesterday on Patt Morrison‘s show on KPCC, when Morrison asked about the oft cited (by Bratton) ‘statistic’ “LA is the safest its been since 1956″, Police Chief Bill Bratton refuted the LA Weekly’s findings. He said that the LA Weekly must have been ‘smoking a little weed when they wrote the article’. And then he called it ‘voodoo reporting’. The show is archived here (as if you don’t already subscribe to Patt’s show on iTunes). The comment is about 27 minutes into the second hour.

The article, written by Patrick Range McDonald gets into how mind-boggling absurd the claim Bratton makes is.

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