First, there was a
The union argues in the ad that the "no-helmet policy" puts "everyone at risk" and that "if officers can't protect themselves, they can't protect you or your family."
Chief William J. Bratton told Patt Morrison during the
Case in point: Bratton asked, what about all the officers who end up with head injuries in car crashes? Should they be required to wear helmets "all the time in their police cars?"
So too with mounted police, who wear soft helmets but could be injured falling from their horses. And what about cops who want relief from the heat in the San Fernando Valley on triple-digit temperature days?
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Police block pro-Palestinian demonstrators in front of the Federal Building in Los Angeles on Jan. 10, 2008. Credit: Jewel Samad / AFP