I submitted a public records request around 11:30 a.m. for a police report, which should detail Friday’s arrest of Baldwin Park Councilman Anthony Bejarano, who was later released on a $250 bail for allegedly being drunk in public. No charges or a citation were filed.
Baldwin Park Police Chief Chief Lili Hadsell said she sent back the report today because she had some questions about it, and expects it to be re-submitted by the end of the day. But if it doesn’t make that deadline, the report likely won’t be released until next week because Hadsell is going out of town, she said.
Once the report is released, Councilman Ricardo Pacheco said he will decide how to proceed next. Pacheco, who believes that Bejarano was given special treatment because of who he was, said that if the police department doesn’t investigate how the incident was handled, that Pacheco will consider taking the issue to the District Attorney’s office.
On the flip side, Bejarano believes he was arrested because of who he was. Bejarano characterized the incident as, “at best, a misunderstanding.” At worse, politically motivated, he said.
More to come in tomorrow’s story.