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Five City Council members accused Chief William Bratton of acting unprofessionally when he said two of them didn't know what they were talking about when they criticized his department's policy of sometimes hiring people who once used drugs.

"While we may not all agree on the policy change and how it was implemented, we do agree that Chief Bratton's comments were unprofessional and unnecessary," the five council members said in a letter sent this week to the Los Angeles Police Commission.

The council members also accused Bratton of routinely making "public comments that could be described as insensitive or just plain rude."

Council members who signed the letter included Bernard Parks and Dennis Zine, who had criticized the hiring policy. Parks was Bratton's predecessor as chief and Zine is a former Los Angeles police officer.

In a TV interview last week, Bratton defended his department's policy as the toughest in the nation, noting that 12 of every 13 applicants are rejected.

"With all due respect to the two city councilmen who are raising this issue, they don't know what the hell they're talking about," Bratton said.

"Chances are, they might not have been able to be hired under the new standards that we have, which are much tougher than the standards 35 or 40 years ago when they came on the LAPD," he said.

All applicants must pass a screening to determine if they have used illicit drugs within the past six months. However, some applicants who admit to having once experimented with drugs years ago can be hired.


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