CHRISTOPHER COMMISSION REPORT 1991: Chapter 10, Page 220-221
“The Chief while needing to be more responsive to the Police Commission and to the city’s elected leadership also must be protected from improper political influences.
“The Independent Commission recommends that the Chief of Police not endorse candidates for public office
“Because the chief’s office is inherently powerful, it is unseemly for the Chief to use that position to influence the political process. It is particularly ironic to create a system to insulate the Chief from improper political pressure, and then have the Chief use that protected position to campaign on behalf of politicians who thereby become indebted to him.
“Such activity politicizes the Chief, and ultimately the Department.”