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LAPD Chief Bratton Wants 4 Officers 86'ed for May Day Screw Up

More than a year later, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Bill Bratton has offered his suggestions for disciplining 15 officers who were involved in the May Day fiasco in 2007, which saw groups of police officers swinging at, and connecting with, a mostly peaceful crowd at a demonstration in MacArthur Park. At a Police Commission meeting, Bratton said he wants four of those 15 officers to be fired.

Reaction from the rank-and-file has yet to be fully heard, but Tim Sands, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents all of those officers, says in the Daily News, "We trust that each of the officers involved will be given a fair review that will evaluate their actions in the context of what they had been ordered to do."

The L.A. Weekly, in fact, published a piece in June, 2007, looking at how Bratton was more than willing to blame anyone for the May Day fiasco except himself. The timing of the screw up wasn't good for Bratton--at the time, the Police Commission was considering whether or not to give him another term as police chief.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

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