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Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Thanks to the Express for this series and exposing this scandal, which the Judge & Monitor appear to have been investigating for at least several weeks.

The Officers being investigated so far appear to deserve that. At the same time is "friending" somebody on Facebook enough to merit being singled out for culpability? There's nothing illegal about that and guilt by association could implicate some people who are innocent.

Posted by Tom Jones on 06/14/2016 at 3:36 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

If cops can get away with activities they would arrest US for, then it's time to make a citizen's arrest of THEM! And that means a trial in court, not an administrative leave or being allowed to resign with no penalty.

Posted by Big Al on 06/14/2016 at 3:29 PM

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so no mention of the "suspicious death of a police officer's wife" in this article...funny

Posted by bunk8017 on 06/14/2016 at 2:59 AM

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I would venture to say that this kind of thing happens all over the country in large metro areas, this is what has happened to the folks that we pay to protect us, they use their color of authority to prey/brutalize and in some cases kill innocent folks..... kinda makes you wonder who the real crooks are.

Posted by Michael Kim on 06/13/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Nineteen Business Owners and Experts Discuss How to Sustain a Healthy East Bay Economy for All

People are looking for the best deal. Many local businesses cannot compete with amazon and quite frankly, I will take a deal rather than a smile any day of the week.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 06/13/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Shame on Mayor Shaaf for characterizing this widespread wrongdoing as “off-duty conduct.” On-duty cops were told by the young woman that she was a minor AND THEY DID NOTHING. The police chief was told AND DID NOTHING. A cop LEAKED information. So it's ok if he did it, maybe, while he was off-duty. A cop had sex with this young woman IN THE OPD PARKING LOT. Another had sex with her while AN OPD K-9 dog [that's taxpayer property] was in the back seat. Libby Shaaf is by far and away too trusting, naive, and gullible.

Posted by Jessea Greenman on 06/13/2016 at 3:40 PM

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This sort of abuse is not uncommon. Young people often report that police officers engage in such behavior. Research demonstrates this, such as this excerpt on page 29:

https://ywepchicago.files.wordpress.com/20…

"Many girls said that police sexual misconduct happens frequently while they are being
arrested or questioned. One journal respondent wrote “Girls recognize that they need advocates when dealing with these systems, whether it is from their peers, or a trusted adult.” Stories about police abuse outnumbered the stories of abuse by other systems by far."

This would potentially fit into the California definition of trafficking, so I am surprised not to see that word used.

Carol Leigh
bayswan.org
Bay Area Sex Worker Advocacy Network
traffickingpolicyresearchproject.org/
Trafficking Policy Research project

Posted by ScarlotHarlot on 06/13/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

If she didn't speak up now, her life would intensely be at risk. This has also put her entire family at risk. She needs a lawyer! #WheresGloria

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 06/13/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Why is this prostitute doing this,who's going to protect her now? Why is the wife of a police chiefs wife reaching out to a prostitute? How is having sex with a 17+ prostitute abuse? Did the prostitute announce she was 17 before she had sex?

Posted by tab on 06/13/2016 at 9:29 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

I am having a hard time with all this astonishment and sudden disgust. OPD'S reputation has been the worst, for years, for good reason. And city government has allowed and abetted OPD's behavior in exchange for the abuse of nonwhite and low income and unruly protesting, not to enforce laws but to make the city comfy for developers and gentrified and upper crust.

The deal was made years ago. The power given to OPD fits right into what we already know--power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Anyone paying attention has seen what's going on, or is part of it.

Just stop the astonishment, nobody believes you.

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 06/12/2016 at 7:16 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Today, Sunday, Council Members Washington, Reid, and Guillen withdrew their counter proposal to the Gallo/Kalb adaptation of our strong Police Commission charter amendment proposal.

"We are horrified, shocked and sickened at recent, additional revelations about abuse and misconduct within the Oakland Police Department reported in the most recent East Bay Express article. It is further disturbing to learn that some supervising officers within OPD knew of these abuses and yet remained silent.

In light of such information, we will withdraw our proposed legislation from Tuesday's Public Safety Committee agenda and work with the entire City Council to develop holistic reform measures.

In the interests of strengthening police accountability and fostering public confidence in our community's police department, we will seek to pass a modified version of the proposal put forward by Councilmembers Gallo and Kalb.

Sincerely,
Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
City Councilmember Abel Guillen
President Pro Tempore Larry Reid"

The proof of the pudding will be in what modifications CM's Washington, Reid, and Guillen want.

Meanwhile, please go to the city website, select a speaker card even if you won't be attending, and say you support Item 3 on the Public Safety Committee agenda for June 14th. That helps ensure our charter amendment gets to the full Council for a full discussion.

http://www2.oaklandnet.com/.../Spea.../Spe…

You can also use the eComment link on the far right side of the June 14 2016 Public Safety Committee agenda at https://oakland.legistar.com/calendar.aspx

Len Raphael CPA
Treasurer Coalition for Police Accountability

Posted by Len Raphael on 06/12/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

"City officials are either not being forthright about the extent of OPD officer misconduct and the reasons for Whent's resignation, or they are in the dark."

The only people in Oakland who are perpetually in the dark are voters and other citizens. Transparency in police departments generally is a nonstarter and in city hall in Oakland there has been a very long history of carefully-managed obscurity.

If Oaklanders want forthright public servants in city hall, they are going to have to start electing new faces who aren't up-to-the-neck in our essentially dishonest political culture.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/12/2016 at 2:02 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

"Stress leave". "Suspension with pay". "Don't publish my name". How many perks and privileges do these incompetent, corrupt, lying, sleazebags get to enjoy? Fire EVERYONE touched by this.

Posted by Matthew Val Hall on 06/12/2016 at 11:56 AM

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Yep, just throwing somebody under the bus who is so far removed from his command staff. They're the ones who should resign.

Posted by Rikki Doxx on 06/12/2016 at 10:39 AM

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Disband OPD... create a community-based Peace Army to patrol, mediate, and bring peace to the streets of Oakland.

Posted by Raj Kanani on 06/12/2016 at 8:37 AM

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Great work Both of you. I second the comments that we are lucky that we have journalists like you both in our community. What a sordid affair.

Posted by Richard Mellor on 06/11/2016 at 9:40 PM

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Crooked corrupt bastards

Posted by mbowens on 06/11/2016 at 8:33 PM

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Make them register as sex offenders they make some that don't need to register, register dirty eastwards crooked cops

Posted by mbowens on 06/11/2016 at 8:32 PM

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Or better the put, the weakness that is dick.

Posted by keepitreal on 06/11/2016 at 4:00 PM

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The power of pussy.

Posted by keepitreal on 06/11/2016 at 3:59 PM

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