For once, a high-ranking police officer is defending photographers.

This surprising revelation arose Thursday as several Los Angeles officials convened to discuss creating tougher laws against celebrity photographers.

Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton called the new proposals a “farce”, blaming celebrities and their eccentric behavior for creating the paparazzi frenzy.

“If you notice, since Britney started wearing clothes and behaving; Paris is out of town not bothering anybody anymore, thank God, and evidently, Lindsay Lohan has gone gay, we don’t seem to have much of an issue,” Bratton told KNBC-TV.

Bratton said the altered behavior makes proposals being considered for new laws to crack down on paparazzi an unnecessary “farce” because photogs who swarm neighborhoods and shopping districts have been losing interest in snapping stars in trouble.

Lindsey Lohan has gone gay?  Where was I when that groundbreaking news broke?

Thankfully, somebody in L.A. has some common sense because Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine – a former LAPD sergeant – has proposed a “personal safety zone” for celebrities.

Zine created the task force that consists of officials from Beverly Hills, Malibu and Calabasas – well-known celebrity enclaves –  in his attempt to crack down on celebrity photographers.

Their goal is for each city to adopt its own ordinances to punish aggressive paparazzi, while keeping the rules uniform in the places where celebrities live, work and play.