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Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

O'Malley should explain why she can't go ahead and file charges and then request that her witness be extradited back to CA. Especially since the witness apparently bit a guard in self-defense. Even if the guard was not attempting to rape her when she bit him, it was extremely irresponsible of the alleged "treatment center" to allow Guap to go to jail, given that she had been victimized/trafficked by law enforcement. Get the kid back to CA and into treatment with a more reputable provider. And if this needs investigating by an outside agency, the state is no longer outside the scandal.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/14/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

Thanks again for your excellent and continuing coverage on this. What I haven't seen addresses here or anywhere else is any attention on Miss Guapes parents, one of whom works for OPD. These alleged crimes took place when Guape was a minor, which may not imply negligence on the part of her parents, but certainly raises questions. Not to mention how quiet her(Miss Guap') have been in light of the fact that their daughter was raped sex trafficked. Someday perhaps we'll all know the truth, in the mean time keep up the good work.

Posted by Jeffrey D. Cash on 09/14/2016 at 5:57 AM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

Smells like rotten fish roasting on a dung fire atop a sulfur pit.

Posted by JP Massar on 09/13/2016 at 8:41 PM

Re: “When Landlords Target Tenants in Rent-Controlled Buildings

What a disgrace. We allow this kind of greed and corruption in this great nation. I don't even live there but from what I've read, it's appalling. May be a nice apartment, but I'd rather live in dangerous freedom, than a controlled dictatorship. I always thought this country was capitalism based. Now I see the real truth. We live in a oligarchy controlled by greedy, corrupt, apathy limited people, who could care less if you live or die. Live on the street or in their apartments. It doesn't matter to them. We are all just replaceable numbers who line their pockets. Absolutely zero apathy for mankind in any way. God forgive you all. Because ultimately, it's harder for a rich person to enter heaven, than it is to pass a camel through the eye of a needle. This property manager and owner are below scum.

Posted by Windle 67 on 09/13/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

Seems to me like someone wanted to make sure she would not be available to testify before a Grand Jury that might be convened by any prosecutor seeking indictments expanding the breadth of those police officers potentially facing criminal charges.I can't think of any other reason to place her beyond usual subpoena range.

Posted by Raymond Guiducci on 09/12/2016 at 3:20 AM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

I wouldn't trust O'Malley OR Kamala Harris to properly investigate and prosecute this. Both are political animals mainly interested in self-promotion. BTW, O'Malley meeting with other departments monthly re Brady v. Maryland is a joke when her own DDAs violate Brady every chance they get. Funny! They routinely withhold evidence and scramble whatever discovery they do produce to make it as difficult as possible for underpaid defense attorneys to use any of it. You can't assume that anyone convicted in Alameda County was actually guilty.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/08/2016 at 2:05 AM

Re: “Critic Accuses Oakland Leaders of Failing to Report Police Department Sex-Crime Scandal to District Attorney

Sure, because the corruption in Oakland was never restricted to OPD in the first place. It runs throughout Oakland city government AND OPD, and includes the City Attorney's office.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/08/2016 at 1:47 AM

Re: “Critic Accuses Oakland Leaders of Failing to Report Police Department Sex-Crime Scandal to District Attorney

No problemo. In just a few years, by 2019 or 2020 or so, if and when the new Oakland Police Commission is up and running, we can deal with this mess. Of course there will be lots more additional messes by then.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/07/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

At some point in this decade we need to ask ourselves whether an increased role for the federal government in policing the local police is necessary . I have my doubts that even the states can clean up regional problems such as this and such as institutionalized racism. It would seem we have plenty of evidence that it is too close to home for corrective action to be taken and justice to be served.

Posted by Daphne Maddox on 09/06/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “California Teachers Have Been Financing Evictions

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Posted by Rose Albert on 09/06/2016 at 5:10 AM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

I understand that those with allergies have a real grievance and I concur with them. However, I wish they would make a law that allowed pets in all apartments and homes. The need is so great at shelters for some very worthy animals to have a home instead of euthanasia. Perhaps if there were a higher fee for pets. Proof of vaccinations and strict rules about cleaning up any droppings from your pet inside or outside & breed restrictions.Anti-bark collars for 'yappers'. Small dogs/cats in apartments only. Each tenant should be allowed one pet. It would stop the need for false documentation. For people with allergies that are severe, they need to know ahead of time that pets either lived there before and that pets are allowed.Perhaps they can get an apartment further away from the other apartments. I'm not sure how to solve that. I have cats and had dogs, I also have a mild allergy. I take local honey daily and once in awhile an over the counter allergy medication. But like I said it's a mild allergy. I have a friend who can't breathe even if she stands outside my door talking to me, she gets a reaction. I vacuum daily but allergies are caused by the finest dander from animals,trees, and plants. She can never come into my house. This type of allergy needs special medication. But the world is full of things that bring on allergies, do we have to kill all the animals, grass, and trees, no we have to find a better way. Too many places say no pets and it's a shame. One last thing, if a person can't keep a home clean, I don't mean spotless, just organized and relatively clean, they shouldn't be allowed pets or children for that matter, I can't believe the filth some people live in, pets are their last concern. Pets take a lot of work, I know, I've worked with animals most of my life, and they don't like filth either,but even so, they love us and need a home, even a dirty one.

Posted by Nancy Tuscano on 09/05/2016 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

Council Member Noel Gallo's early support for an independent Police Commission charter amendment is not surprising considering that he has consistently listened to his constituents telling him they want police officers whom they can trust to treat all residents fairly.

What is surprising are the elected officials who almost succeeded in preventing a strong Police Commission charter amendment getting on the November ballot. But then few of their constituents realized what was going on in the backrooms of City Hall.

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Len Raphael on 09/02/2016 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

I think this woman should have been taken to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation, not placed in jail! Her history of sexual exploitation beginning as a minor and her later involvement in the sex trade are all indications of a history of trauma. Sex addiction is also commonly associated with a history of sexual exploitation and trauma. We don't know whether she may have also been withdrawing physically from substance use while at the "rehab center." Many trauma victims abuse substances, which can begin as a form of self-medication and can become a screaming addiction. For that reason, care should be exercised in helping traumatized individuals come off substance addiction, as trauma symptoms may become exaggerated. Her reaction to her current situation with physical aggression, sexual acting out behavior and a possible blackout (not recalling what happened) would all be consistent with symptoms of trauma. She needed to have been restrained and evaluated in a safe setting, not criminalized! I would have hoped that had she been referred for treatment in California and an incident like this occurred, she would have been sent to a psych hospital for a 72 hour hold and evaluation. I hope authorities in California will do everything they can to have her returned to California, given a thorough psych evaluation with recommendations for further treatment. I also wonder why she was sent out of state in the first place, especially to a state where the criminal justice system is known to be quite severe (http://media.miamiherald.com/static/media/…).

Posted by Ginger Holman on 09/02/2016 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

Lets see, the mother is blaming everyone for her daughter's problems.
As though her parent or parents don't share some of the responsibility.
Its not as though she came from some disadvantaged family.
Mom, working for the Oakland Police Dept... had a salary and benefit package of $139,471 last year.
Why was the daughter even "out there" in harms way the last 3 years?
Not letting the foolish officers off the hook, but why wasn't the girl going through high school and living a normal life?
Did no one see the tattoos and such all over the fingers... and wonder what the heck was the daughter up to at all hours of the night?
I suppose Burris is gonna eventually take Oakland for a seven figure settlement on this case of police abuse.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 09/02/2016 at 1:51 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

It says right below here that "anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed."

I'm seeing three comments from "the truth about police". When is the 'removal' supposed to take place?

Posted by DonGosney on 09/02/2016 at 1:44 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

In an email dated 8/24 City Manager Bill Lindsay wrote: "I have had conversations with the Police Chief regarding this matter. No City of Richmond funds are being used for services related to this individual. Decisions to provide and fund such services are being made outside of the City of Richmond organization."

Also, why do all of these news stories keep saying that the bail is $300,000 when the arrest report says it's only $30,000?

View the 6 page arrest report here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7FbwFPl0…

Posted by DonGosney on 09/02/2016 at 1:31 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

Chief Brown and his friend Andre are trying to cover up their tracks you don't defend a fellow officer who was found on wrongdoing therefore he is not an officer because officers defend and protect the people not sabotage destroy black male and try to cover up what has been done by the police.

Posted by the truth about police on 09/02/2016 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

As well as keep her from testifying against any fellow officer involved in her case she is no longer able to attend any court dates out into the Bay Area because she is in Florida why do you think they did that to her to keep her from testifying

Posted by the truth about police on 09/02/2016 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

The Richmond police officer hits Celeste guap to Florida to cover up the investigation going on behind the scenes in the Bay Area Celeste guap was not known to be on drugs before she was sent to Florida how it is she on drugs now AKA heroin they didn't mention that in the news when her case was being mentioned in the Bay Area so why did they pay for her to go to Florida and she wasn't even charged for any case out here why would they arrest her in Florida at a drug rehabilitation center and then keep her on a $300,000 bill you know why the Richmond police do not want her to get out to jeopardize the case that they are pretending to investigate on themselves no one else is investigating them they are investigating their selves just like every other department of the bay area of the fellow Sheriff's departments are doing they would investigate themselves no one else.

Posted by the truth about police on 09/02/2016 at 12:29 AM

Re: “Donald Trump Really Sucks at Raising Money in the Bay Area

Another tired regressive rant. Why not just retitle it "Capitalist Contender Having Trouble Raising Funds in Dinosaur-Think Communist Block."

Posted by Dee Ceeover on 09/01/2016 at 11:27 PM

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