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Compton school official suspected in DUI issues apology

A Compton school board member arrested this week on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol issued a public apology on Saturday.

“As a public servant, I understand that I owe a full and accurate explanation of personal choices that I have made that have now become public,” Skyy D. Fisher said in a prepared statement. “While I did not believe my driving behavior was reckless or otherwise improper Monday night, apparently law enforcement may have believed otherwise and pulled me over.”

Fisher, 30, was arrested shortly after midnight Tuesday and posted $5,000 bail at 8:55 a.m., according to an online database of arrests maintained by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

That evening, Fisher attended a school board meeting in which the panel discussed and took action on more than a dozen different items, including contracts, nominations and implementation of the Common Core curriculum.

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“I apologize for causing additional embarrassment and shame to me, my family, and the city that I love,” Fisher said in his statement. “To the parents and students that I represent on the Compton School Board, I do not condone drinking and driving. I offer my apologies and will try and earn back the trust that was lost due to this incident.”

Fisher made headlines last year after he used a homophobic slur to refer to Trayvon Martin in a podcast. He soon issued an apology and took a 60-day leave of absence to address “a range of personal and health related issues,” according to a statement posted on the Compton Unified School District’s website.

A different version of Fisher’s apology posted on the Los Angeles Sentinel’s website says Fisher left the board to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. In an interview with the Sentinel, Fisher attributed his comments to a satirical character he plays on Pigzradio.com named Skyy the Compton Martian, a “stereotypical, greedy, self-serving politician.”

[For the Record, Nov. 18, 2013: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Skyy D. Fisher as a councilman. Although the Sheriff’s Department web site notes that Fisher posted $5,000 bail, Long Beach police said he was released on his own recognizance.]

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alicia.banks@latimes.com


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