Oakland Hires Former NYC, LA Police Chief Bill Bratton

7-1 vote after 8 hour city council meeting


After a nine-hour Oakland City Council meeting, members voted 7-1 to hire  former Los Angeles and New York police chief—Bill Bratton—to help the city with its horrific violence.

Over shouts of "Shame on You!" and "Let the war begin," the vote came at 2 a.m. Wednesday to hire Bratton as a consultant for $250,000 to help the police department curb its rising crime rate. Councilwoman Desley Brooks was the lone "no" vote.