Compton’s Former ‘Gangster Mayor’ Omar Bradley Wants His Old Job Back

COMPTON (CBSLA.com) — A former Compton city leader who called himself a “gangster mayor” wants his old job back.

Nine years ago, Omar Bradley was convicted of corruption and sentenced to three years in prison. The California Supreme Court overturned that decision six months ago and now Bradley is running for office again.

The former city official was seen at Compton City Hall this week filling out papers to run for mayor.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The former mayor was convicted on charges that thousands of dollars in public funds were misused. Prosecutors charged he used his City of Compton credit card for golfing trips, hotels, clothing and more. They said cash advances were taken from the city and the city was double-billed for other expenses.

Bradley, who penned an autobiography entitled “The King of Compton,” was seen by some as flamboyant and bigger-than-life.

Some residents CBS2/KCAL9 political reporter Dave Bryan they aren’t quite sure how to take the news of his return.

Bryan tried contacting Bradley at both of the addresses listed as his residence but was unable to reach him.

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