CITY HALL — Seven police commissioners, two of them newly sworn in, will undergo background checks amid revelations from the city attorney that one of the appointees is serving probation for drunk driving.
City Council members Tuesday directed city officials to conduct the review after City Atty. Dennis Barlow informed them that newly confirmed Police Commissioner John Brady, a well-known civil rights activist and chairman of the regional Human Relations Council, was found to have a criminal record, according to a review of Los Angeles Superior Court documents.
The drunk-driving conviction, for which Brady is currently on probation, made its way to the council in a confidential memo from Barlow after Police Chief Tim Stehr received word of the arrest from police officers. “It would be very difficult to have that person do it at this point when they wouldn’t even qualify to go on a ride-along,” Stehr told the council Tuesday. “In my opinion, it’s the perception. I had officers who came to me who were involved in this and they were taken aback that [the individual] would be a police commissioner at this point.”