03/28/2008 02:46 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

LAPD Chief: "What We Need Is Britney Spears To Stay Home"

At the end of his monthly visit with Patt Morrison on KPCC today, LAPD chief William Bratton pooh-poohed the need for the paparazzi law proposed by Councilman Dennis Zine. He then lit into Britney, Paris et al.

What we need is Britney Spears to stay home instead of traipsing all over town. That would solve the problem. We don't need additional laws.... I've got laws coming out my ears to deal with this issue.


What you have is several young women in this town and several young men 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....

Quite clearly some of these characters so favored by the paparazzi are clearly in need of services. Not police services, but psychiatric services.

Bratton also repeated that he lacks sympathy for voters who oppose tax increases to enlarge the force. "People here just feel they're being crushed by taxes. I don't feel that...I pay much less here than i did [in NYC or Boston.] And you get much less here."

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