“You’ve obviously not been watching your own news channel,” Bratton said acidly to the KTTV reporter. “I’ve already apologized. I don’t feel the need to answer your specific question, or apologize to you.”
And so the mea culpa tour rolls on, in fits and starts. Dozens of Metro officers have been sent back for more training, including lessons on crowd control and dealing with the media. Two commanders who presided over the MacArthur Park debacle have been reassigned; one of them almost certainly will retire. Bratton would not call those moves disciplinary actions, saying simply that he has the latitude to reassign his commanders as he sees fit. But if those actions were not disciplinary, were those commanders actually held accountable for what happened in MacArthur Park?
That answer may come in three weeks, when the council will receive its first report on what happened on May 1. But even if Bratton is reappointed to another five-year term by then, the warm words of his reappointment process will have been drowned out by the sound of helicopters hovering over Seventh and Alvarado, and the pop of police firing rubber projectiles as they swarm across MacArthur Park.