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

They put OPD Capt. John Lois in charge of the investigation .. What a joke !! I was an Oakland Cop for more than 15 yrs and knew John very well. He had a reputation of stopping all the prostitutes on his beat and getting very "handsy" during his "pat down" searches. How fitting that they chose him

Posted by opd131 on 07/01/2016 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Yelp has tried the same strong arm tactics on my wife and my small tanning salon, we don't have enough money for a pay off to YELP!

Posted by Katie Won Davis on 06/27/2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Eight Independent, Foreign, and Documentary Films to Break Through the Blockbuster Blues

Other than "What we do in the shadows" was a horrible film about self absorbed... Oh wait, it's a metaphor about millennials. Of course our writes found it exciting. Bleh!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/25/2016 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Investigating leaks? Wait! When did reporting a crime become a crime?

Posted by David.Hicks on 06/23/2016 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

EB EXPRESS' sustained interest in the Coast to Coast Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Law Enforcement is very much appreciated. The situation with 3 Police chiefs being fired in 9 days in Oakland and the remarks of Mayor Libby Schaaf as illustrated in your independent reporting cited in Philip Lewis's MIC article carried by Yahoo News would be stronger with some broader context on the Musical Chairs being played with PD's from True Blue sea to shining sea. Also, across the bay as reported in May 2016 when SF Police Chief Suhr was asked to step down.

Don't stop at the Oakland jurisdictional line with your multi-faceted coverage of the shuffling of deck chairs on Chiraq as EB EXPRESS's one-time sister alternative news weekly the CHICAGO READER uncovered and dug deeper than the corporate-captured national broadcast news media into the 25 year CHICAGO POLICE TORTURE CASE and RECENT SETTLEMENT OF CIVIL SUIT that excluded so many victims during the years of cover-up, WHITE-OUT and silence. The Abu Ghraib and Gitmo years in Mid-western U.S. Law Enforcement formed a continuum with Richmond, Indiana Police Chief Daniel Mitrione whose role as a U.S. POLICE EMISSARY (read: torture consultant) and support operator in OPERATION CONDOR's circa 1970's Uruguayan theater of State Terror was well-documented by former NY TIMES war reporter A.J. Langguth in his book HIDDEN TERRORS that was rarely cited when Spokane Torture Consultants to the CIA Mitchell Jessen & Associates were exposed in THE SPOKESMAN and from there to a NY TIMES cover story post 9-11-01.

See Portland, Oregon's own alternative press weeklies the WILLAMETTE WEEK and PORTLAND MERCURY's coverage of the serial removals of rock n' roll band-member Mike Reese's resignation as Police Chief followed by his rapid revolving door into the role of high-paid lobbyist for the PORTLAND BUSINESS ALLIANCE selling the militarization of police equipment and procedures, followed in April 2016 by the month-long suppression by Mayor Charlie Hales' of replacement Portland Police Chief Lawrence O'Dea's DUI off-duty shooting of a fellow police official while sage squirrel hunting in Harney County.
http://www.wweek.com/news/2016/04/13/portland-auditor-wants-to-slow-down-city-halls-revolving-door/

As in Watergate the Cover-Up is the real story eclipsing the Dick Cheney Deja Vu (except the New Portland Police Chief shot his hunting buddy in the back not in the face like Chicken-Hawk VP Cheney).
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/309102-187169-embattled-sheriff-dan-staton-to-retire-in-august

For my time-line, arbitrary though it may be, the awareness of a CRISIS IN CONFIDENCE in U.S. LAW ENFORCEMENT dates back to THIS AMERICAN LIFE's (Public Radio X-change dba PRX) September 2010 re-cap of the NYPD OFFICER ADRIAN SCHOOLCRAFT imprisonment in a mental institution of a conscientious whistle-blowing beat patrol officer who had the temerity to call attention to the HORRIFIC OUTCOMES OF MAYOR BLOOMBERG's STOP & FRISK policies and the NYPD's various Police Chiefs' cooking of crime reduction numbers after instituting counter-productive patrol officer quotas for race-based STOP(S) & FRISKs.

We cannot cut and paste online links to other news reporting but do search for THIS AMERICAN LIFE's audio archive of its SEPTEMBER 2010 broadcast titled: "RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT" and the VILLAGE VOICE expose on the PATROL-MAN ADRIAN SCHOOLCRAFT case where a police officer whistle-blower was committed to a state psychiatric facility just like in the COLD WAR industry's exposes of LAW ENFORCEMENT AS USUAL BEHIND THE SOVIET, CHINESE and CUBAN COMMIE CURTAINs.

So many more recent incidences and so little space and time to shape them into a long-form piece of journalism that is used as a Fourth Estate Check and Balance rather than to sell the latest in tax-avoidance schemes or off-shore investment opportunities. Get curious and look for yourselves. Start with what's left of the alternative press. Not perfect, but way more fruitful than the corporate-captured mass media indoctrination via its relentless WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION...

Beware the Neo-Liberal political solutions that amount in Billionaire Oligarch Mayor Bloomberg-stye or Boss Trump-style or Goldman Sachs Private CONsultant turned Presidential Candidate Madame Hillary Clinton-style to MARKET-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR MARKET-CREATED PROBLEMS....

Keep on doing EB EXPRESS!
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Lay-Low Studios, Ore-Wa
Nike-Town, Intel-Land LLC
Pheudal Phiephdom of Phil, Ka-Ching
In Anti-Trust PERP-E-tuity Throughout the Unverse

Posted by Mitch Ritter on 06/22/2016 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Summer Blockbuster Movies That Might Be Cool (But Probably Will Disappoint)

No, no, no, no! I beg to differ . . . . "Independence Day" is not, as you say, "soulless, barefaced garbage"! It's great! Really, I think it's great! And I hope Part 2 is as great as Part 1!

Posted by Tony Daysog on 06/22/2016 at 10:22 AM

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

The Express is not publishing his identity for medical reasons. “Please don’t publish my name. I will die. I have a heart condition,” he said via phone. He currently draws a $125,000 pension from the city.


Has being ashamed or feeling embarrassed ever caused the death of someone who although has a heart condition is healthy enough to be sexually active?

Posted by mygirlmyworld on 06/21/2016 at 7:10 PM

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

NO GUN RESIDUE ON SUICIDE VICTIM'S HANDS?

I used to be married to a cop. He threatened to take me to Yosemite. He told me how cops could get away with hurting their wives with no problem. I left him, right away. I was so scared.

I saw this part of the article, and can't help but to think someone killed OBrian's wife. Maybe it wasn't OBrian, but the couple was living in a building owned by a former cop, rented by cops.

"Huerta Lopez’s coroner’s report, however, noted that there was no visible gunshot residue on her hands. There is no mention of whether O’Brien’s hands were ever swabbed or tested for traces of gunshot residue in the report."

Posted by Jessica Ggb Holter on 06/21/2016 at 7:51 AM

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

I think all of you are correct. I think its truly about highlighting personalities of the business. You have many small and big businesses on Amazon. As for my products, I wouldn't buy online b/c you are void of warranty and true product support given that it is bought on Amazon. There are many things I will get off Amazon as well but sex toys are not one of them.

Many businesses were built on experience and story and EBX does a valiant job of helping our narratives burst through the closing seems in our community. Imagine a world were all business is done online! I can't image no shops or shop owners in our communities. Amazon isn't sending you home with the very product b/c you had a great conversation with your potential customer whom said they had no money for that product. Well, last week, I sent a young woman home with 'The Alchemist'. She said she didn't have any money. I asked when could she bring it back, and she brought the money back. Guess what, that book/experience has more of a chance of doing good in our community than just buying the product from Amazon.

If you are thinking its all about the product, you are sadly mistaken.

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 06/20/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

geykerry wrote: "On virtually every part of the planet this young lady was above the age of consent. She seems intelligent and at peace with her chosen field of employment. It is very insulting and condescending for you all to force the 'victim' label on her. Yes this was icky that they happened to be cops, and certain police conduct codes were apparently violated, but as a general rule, consensual sex acts between consenting all adults should not be a crime." ... Uh, no. 1) The age of consent exists for a reason. To simply pretend it doesn't exist is irresponsible. 2) Guap allegedly has been a sex worker since the age of 12, meaning that she was not legally able to consent to any sex acts prior to the age of 18. 3) What allegedly occurred was criminal misconduct. it's not simply consensual sex acts since police exploited the power dynamic and were, in effect, acting as pimps. 4) Guap herself has referred to herself as a victim, and police having sex with underage girls is certainly a crime. 5) to downplay these incidents as merely "icky" appears to reflect a lack of comprehension of the failure in accountability on behalf of the police. 6) legalizing prostitution wouldnt address the trafficking epidemic in a real way, since the average age of a trafficked girl is 13.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/20/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

This story shows why Amnesty International is correct in advocating for the legalization of sex work worldwide. On virtually every part of the planet this young lady was above the age of consent. She seems intelligent and at peace with her chosen field of employment. It is very insulting and condescending for you all to force the 'victim' label on her. Yes this was icky that they happened to be cops, and certain police conduct codes were apparently violated, but as a general rule, consensual sex acts between consenting all adults should not be a crime. Wake up people!!

Posted by geykerry on 06/19/2016 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

guap took advantage of them. they should have known better, but lets get the right side of it.

Posted by Stephen Hovey on 06/19/2016 at 2:26 AM

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

All I can say is WOW

Posted by L David Toledo on 06/18/2016 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Why is the reporter protecting a child abuser? Who cares if that old perverted bastard has a heart attack?!? Seems to me that the reporter cares for the old sick bastard , than more than heart problems has a sick soul.
Publish his name! Let the entire nation see it. Publish his face too while you are at it.
Shame his old sorry wrinkly arse!!! in front of the entire world. He abused a young girl because he well KNEW he had the power and she didn't.

I am so damn sick of cops abusing their power wherever they go. Heart attack, my arse!!!

Posted by Paloma San Basilio on 06/18/2016 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

articles about statutory rape are always so hard for me to read. Express, publish the cops texts, not the teenager's. I don't care if it's public information. She's a teen, an easy way to not humiliate a teen victim is not to publish her private texts about her enjoying sucking dick. Once again, publish the cop's text she received, which are the real crime, but not her texts back. I don't care if she gave them to you. If she wrote them before she was 18, I'm not sure you can publish them anyway, it's like a child sexting?

Put yourself in her shoes, in your 30s you want to look back at texts you sent when you were 17 about enjoying sucking dick in a rape investigation? Block her texts out please.

In comparison, the former chief gets protection from you?!?!? WTF? So he doesn't die of shock or some bullshit excuse? Somehow this newspapers job is to protect a former chief who actually did something wrong and illegal? Likely something sexually exploitive. Likely to a child. So you protect him from embarrassment but not think of ways to protect the teen victims.

The reporting is good but this article needs an intersectional analysis seriously. Like more seriously than former chiefs supposed potential heart attack

Posted by Rebecca Luisa on 06/18/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Great reporting! Thanks East Bay for holding OPD accountable.

When looking at the texts with Guap and Superman, it does seem like Guap may have deleted a text?
S: "There's a UC operation."
G: "Damn lol"
S: "No you're not. Just giving you a heads up."

Mentioning the texts could have been manipulated might be a good idea.

Posted by Natasha v on 06/18/2016 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Reading her Facebook, seems like she's got Stockholm's Syndrome too. "None of this ever happened", "my harmless friendships", etc. Or she's just fearful of reprisal from the PD. I also echo other posts, this is some very well-done, in-depth reporting!

Posted by Matthew Hunt on 06/18/2016 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

I just read REAL REPORTING, WOW goosebumps. Impressive, keep it up.

Posted by John Cram on 06/18/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Yelp is the worst. I own a small business and have definitely been harmed by this "service'. Bad reviews regarding nonexistent visits to my clinic posted by phony clients who are likely disgruntled ex-employees pepper the Yelp comments for my business. How can anything so obviously fake and derogatory get permanently posted no questions asked? Yelp is a total joke, albeit a very bad one.

Posted by Erin Downes on 06/18/2016 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

What's sad is that this blemishes the many actually good and caring officers in the department.

So I too am for an overhaul and I think Mayor Schaaf kicked off the fixing of this by putting the right leadership in.

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 06/17/2016 at 6:47 PM

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