NYPD Commissioner William Bratton announced he will retire after his nearly five-decade policing career. Bratton served as LA Police Chief from 2002 until 2009. In the midst of a national conversation about race and policing, we look at his impact on law enforcement in the LA. Also, six major court rulings against voter restriction laws were issued in the last two weeks, bringing voting rights front and center just months before a crucial presidential election. Next, people convicted of a sex crime in California face some of the most restrictive sex offender laws in the country, and that includes juveniles who can end up on the registry for life for “playing doctor” or sexting. Then, the Republican Party platform ratified last month supports parents choosing “conversion therapy” for their LGBTQ children. Garrard Conley is an example of the failure of that so-called treatment, and he wrote about it in his memoir, “Boy Erased.” And finally, Runyon Canyon reopens! But Press Play’s resident hiking expert Jolie Myers says LA is chock-full of other trails she would pick any day of the week over Runyon.
Image: New York Police Commissioner William Bratton is pictured while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (R) announces Bratton's retirement at City Hall in the Manhattan borough New York, U.S., August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri