The Law: Chief Shoot from the Lip

The lifelong reader of the Los Angeles Times was outraged. "You are the Paul Revere of the oncoming avalanche of libertine behavior," he wrote in a letter to the editor canceling his subscription. Lest anyone fail to recognize the disgruntled reader's name, the Times responded last week by identifying him in a cartoon lampooning his decision. It was hardly necessary, for everyone knows that Edward Michael Davis, 58, is the city's chief of police. Tilting with the Times—and anyone else who runs up against his puritan ethics—is standard operating procedure for Davis. To him advocates of gun control are "quacks"; legislators...

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