The head of the Los Angeles police union has voiced concerns about attorney and LAPD civilian oversight board member Debra Wong Yang's brief representation of Jay Mariotti who, in a no-contest plea deal, saw six misdemeanor counts dropped.

Yang — when identified as Mariotti's attorney — called accusations of a physical confrontation between Mariotti and his girlfriend "inaccurate and sensationalized."

That, said Paul M. Weber, president of the Police Protective League, was enough to create the appearance of a conflict, if not an actual one, for Yang.

"She made statements defending him," Weber said. "Just the appearance of conflict is troubling. She needs to set an example for the rank-and-file officers."

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