A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Boris ponders how to tackle crime - LA style

Boris has been taking advice on crime from the Sheriff of LA:

Evening Standard, first edition, 20/8/07

"LA sheriff gives Boris crime lesson
By Paul Waugh, Deputy Political Editor

Boris Johnson will put crime at the heart of his London mayoral campaign after discussing urban policing with the Los Angeles sheriff Lee Baca during his summer break in America, the Evening Standard has learned."

Sheriff Baca is famous for:

a) offering celebrities a police badge and gun as special reserves - according to Wikipedia: "Within a month of Baca swearing in his first new celebrity reserve deputies, one of his recruits had been suspended and relieved of duty for brandishing a firearm in a confrontation outside his Bel-Air home.Less than six months later, another member of the special celebrity reserve unit was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of international money laundering. No well-known celebrities joined the program, and less than 20 little-known wealthy individuals actually participated. It was suspended in November, 2006."

b) Allegedly covering-up Mel Gibson's drunk driving incident http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Gibson_DUI_incident

c) Letting Paris Hilton out of jail early

Great to see Boris has such a high-quality adviser.


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