Patt Morrison of KPCC 89.3 interviewed LAPD chief William Bratton on Wednesday (February 20), who discussed the discussed about a paparazzi law proposed by Councilman Dennis Zine. “What we need is Britney Spears to stay home instead of traipsing all over town,” Bratton suggested. “That would solve the problem. We don’t need additional laws in all due respect to the councilmember. I’ve got laws coming out my ears to deal with this issue.”
Morrison then added, “What you have is several young women in this town and several young men who are basically making fools of themselves and tying up not only my resources but the resources of the media that would do better covering legitimate stories instead of a bunch of airheads running around out there.”
As for how he feels when he hears the call to assist one of these airheads, Bratton said, “It’s frustrating to have to provided resources. At the same time, they’re residents of the city, they pay taxes here and are people in need. Quite clearly some of these characters so favored by the paparazzi are clearly in need of services. Not police services, but psychiatric services.” Listen to the comments at publicradio.org.