I’m sure most of you remember Baldwin Park Councilman Anthony Bejarano’s arrest last year.
It was just after 10 p.m. on a Friday night in September. Bejarano and two friends had just visited a few restaurants and bars in downtown Los Angeles before taking the train back to Baldwin Park, then stopping for nachos and beer, according to the councilman.
Except his friends were pulled over by Baldwin Park PD. And after an exchange with officers — in which Bejarano says he was trying to inform his friend of his legal rights — Bejarano was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public.
The DA declined to file charges against Bejarano in the case, so it was eventually dropped. But Bejarano didn’t let things die there — he filed a personnel complaint with the Police Department in a matter he felt was handled “inappropriately.”
Police Chief Lili Hadsell responded by hiring a company, who then hired a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigator to review the incident.
That review was completed three months ago, and Hadsell said she’s made decisions as a result.
No one is talking specifics about the complaint or the officers involved, because it is a personnel issue. But Bejarano said “there were some concerns that will be handled internally.”
A police report from that night includes narratives from officers Matthew De Hoog and Richard Ogas, and Sgt. Doug Parnell.
I wonder how much the investigation cost?
As you can already tell from the previous post, the Tribune newsroom is transitioning a bit with reporters leaving and reporters coming in — hence the lack of posts the last few weeks.
Not to fear though, I plan on getting back into the groove of things and updating much more frequently beginning next week. Sorry for the lag. I know we’ve kind of left our readers hanging a bit, but bear with me.
-Louie Lujan’s DA investigation
-Sheriff’s deputy accused of stealing money from La Puente
-Baldwin Park election filings
-Review of Anthony Bejarano’s September arrest
-El Monte mayor race
….. and more!
Today marks my last day with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune after working here for three years and a month. My time as a reporter here has been extremely rewarding and what I always hoped it would be. After all, the San Gabriel Valley is heavy on crime and has its share of political controversy. What’s not to love?
My time as a blogger, on the other hand, has been extremely humbling. After 933 blog posts and the 4,696 comments that followed since we started the Leftovers from City Hall blog, I had to swallow my pride many a time, whether because I was a little too honest or had a post with one too many errors or, well, you get the picture.
Readers, thank you for your patience and your attention. It is my experience at the Tribune, the government accountability stories and the many contacts I’ve interviewed through the years that have inspired me to pursue a career in public service. Beginning Aug. 24, I will attend USC to pursue a master’s degree in public administration. Thanks for dealing with me through the years.