"It would make the chief spend almost all his time on internal operations," Brewer said. "It would have been a major problem in the riots. The captains would have been going to him directly for all kinds of decisions and, if he wasn't present, what kind of access would there have been to him?"
In the riots' early hours, Gates spent 20 minutes delivering a speech at a Brentwood fund-raiser.
Gates said that his proposed restructuring would have made no difference in the police response to the riots. "Whether we had a new organization or the old organization, there is no excuse for the kinds of glitches that occurred," Gates said.