CLEVELAND- The FOX 8 I-Team has found a member of Cleveland’s new Community Police Commission has a criminal record and the city clerk’s office says he even has old, unpaid fines from traffic cases.
We investigated the background of Anthony Body, 29.
On Tuesday, he was sworn in at Cleveland City Hall, one of 13 members of the Community Police Commission. The group was hand-picked to recommend changes in the Cleveland Division of Police.
The I-Team found Body had convictions in 2009 for carrying a concealed weapon and theft. As recently as last July, records show a conviction for driving with a suspended license. Plus, the city clerk’s office said Body owes more than $750 in fines from traffic cases going back to 2013.
“There’s no disrespect for the police. People change and people grow, and I’m moving in the right direction," Body told the I-Team.
He also said he was unaware of the fines, but he added, now that he knows about them he will take care of them.
This marks the second time for questions about the police commission. A man picked to help choose the commission resigned after questions about his criminal record.
The US Attorney said, “You are among those who’ve spent their lives preaching redemption, and those who are living redemption.”
Body works for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in what he calls a neighborhood outreach role. He said he got involved in helping neighborhoods in other ways and he is working on his master’s degree.
He said his work with the police commission is all about “being a voice” and speaking up for folks who feel they don’t have a voice.