Bratton's Endorsement of Ridley-Thomas Gets Weird

Yesterday, we mentioned how political endorsements have a funny way of coming back to haunt the people who do the endorsing. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Bill Bratton is now learning that lesson in spades.

Ridley-Thomas campaign mailer
Ridley-Thomas campaign mailer

If the feds do approach Bratton, they may ask questions about a Ridley-Thomas campaign mailer that featured the chief and was paid for by the Alliance for a Stronger Community, the labor coalition under investigation by the U.S. Labor Department and the FBI.

In the mailer, Bratton was not portrayed as a private citizen, which was the line of logic he threw at the press whenever he was criticized for endorsing politicians. 'I'm backing Joe Supervisor not as the chief of police,' Bratton would say, 'but as John Q. Public.'

The chief would attempt to buttress that point by appearing in a political ad in a suit and tie rather than LAPD uniform.

But as this Ridley-Thomas mailer shows, Bratton is referred to as "Chief Bratton" -- as far as we know, his private citizen name is "Bill" -- and "Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton."  The mailer was also clearly paid for by the Alliance for a Stronger Community -- read the writing directly beneath Bratton in the first image of this post.

So with only a few weeks left as chief of the LAPD, Bratton has suddenly found himself in a pickle, and an unnecessary one at that -- he was warned over and over again to stay clear.

L.A. Weekly asked the chief's spokeswoman, Mary Grady, for Bratton's thoughts about the scandal, but our email did not receive a reply.

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