LAPD Chief Wants Britney to 'Stay Home'

Top cop slams push for new anti-paparazzi laws
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 5:01 PM CST
LAPD Chief Wants Britney to 'Stay Home'
Photographers try to photograph through the back window of a Los Angeles City Fire Department ambulance carrying entertainer Britney Spears, as it leaves her residence,in this Jan. 3, 2008, file photo in Los Angeles. LAPD chief William Bratton said today that the media should cover "legitimate stories...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The LA police chief says proposed legislation regulating paparazzi would be unnecessary if celebrities stayed away from photographers rather than the other way around, the Huffington Post reports. “What we need is Britney Spears to stay home instead of traipsing all over town,” William Bratton said on KPCC radio. “That would solve the problem. We don't need additional laws.”

“I've got laws coming out my ears to deal with this issue,” Bratton said. And he didn't stop at Spears: "What you have is several young women in this town and several young men basically making fools of themselves and tying up not only my resources but the resources of the media that would do better covering legitimate stories instead of a bunch of airheads running around out there." (Read more Britney Spears stories.)

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