AirTalk for November 3, 2009

LA's next top cop

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The three final candidates for the job of Los Angeles Police Chief, Deputy Chief Michel Moore, Deputy Chief Charlie Beck and Assistant Police Chief Jim McDonnell listen as Chief William Bratton holds his last press conference outside the new Police Administration Building on October 28, 2009.

Mayor Villaraigosa hasn't officially announced it yet, but word is, Deputy Chief Charlie Beck is his pick for new LAPD chief. A 32-year veteran of the LAPD, Beck oversaw reforms of the department's Rampart division in the wake of its corruption scandal. If confirmed by the City Council, Beck will take the place of outgoing Chief William Bratton, who is credited with dramatic declines in LA's crime rate during his seven years in the position. How well will Beck fill Bratton’s shoes?

Guests:

Frank Stoltze, KPCC reporter


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