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Compton school board member arrested on suspicion of DUI

November 16, 2013|By Frank Shyong

A Compton school board member was arrested this week on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to law enforcement documents.

Skyy D. 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.

[Updated at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 18: Long Beach Police said Fisher was released on his own recognizance and did not post bail.]

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. 

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 named Skyy the Compton Martian, a "stereotypical, greedy, self-serving politician."

"Those words are not who Skyy Fisher is," he said at the time. "Those words are who Skyy the Compton Martian is on the show."

Compton school board President Micah Ali said he was unaware of Fisher's arrest and said he did not know whether Fisher has undergone treatment for an alcohol problem. The board officially censured Fisher after his comments last year, but Ali said he did not know what actions the board might take in response to Fisher's arrest. 

"He's continued to be a very integral force in the positive changes we've been able to enact over the past years," Ali said. 

 Fisher did not return messages seeking comment. 


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