Los Angeles: From Chief of Police to Chief Pontificator

At first it was a joke, and Los Angeles Police Chief Thomas Reddin found it as funny as anyone else. Wouldn't Reddin, someone had laughingly suggested, be an ideal TV newscaster for station KTLA, which recently lost its veteran anchorman? Jest or not, the idea made increasing sense to the station, controlled by Gene Autry, and to the chief himself. Last week Reddin announced he would retire after 28 years on the force to become KTLA's chief commentator.

Not Above Demagogy. Any other time, Reddin's resignation would have caused only surprise in Los...

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