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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

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

If you truly want to see effective change in police policy, training,internal investigations, and transparency you need to go to the only authority the police have;the State Attorney General is their "boss". State and federal agencies can make recommendations for reform, but they lack any and all power to enact them. The only one that can order state, county, and municipal officers to comply with reforms, change/update policy and follow these guidelines, are your duly elected states attorney general. Call, email, write your AG and ask them why he/she has not yet eforced these recommendations, changes in policy, training, etc. The attorney general is both the "top cop" and the leading lawyer of the state, this is not only a conflict of interest, it promotes collusion and abuse of power on all levels....how could they not see this coming.

Posted by Margot Stemen on 06/17/2016 at 8:07 AM

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

This is vile. I'm tired of these all-american guys destroing women's lives. Read a great post about the psyche of these people http://helpmebro.com/posts/HVhgRDkM7i

Posted by Ivy Jade on 06/16/2016 at 4:42 PM

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

I second the comments of others – terrific reporting, East Bay Express! Thank you for exposing this, and for including the comments from Katherine Koster of Sex Workers Outreach Project telling it like it is.

Among many infuriating details, one that stands out is the retired officer who asked you not to publish his name for medical reasons because he has a heart condition.

When he traumatized people by arresting them for committing victimless "crimes" like prostitution, do you think he ever stopped to ask whether they might have any medical condition that could be aggravated by being taken to jail and dragged through the criminal justice system?

But he's special and deserves to be treated more gently, because he's only a police officer! His heart can't take the stress!

P.S. to the editors - Starchild is my actual name; please do not remove this comment.

Posted by Starchild on 06/16/2016 at 2:17 AM

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

Great reporting.

Men have collectively lost their right to be police officers when it comes to human trafficking and sex workers, let alone interacting with people from vulnerable communities.

As an Eastmont resident, I want a mothers-only police force.

Posted by Jessica Lawrence 1 on 06/16/2016 at 1:54 AM

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

You cannot shame or bully people into shopping local.

Posted by Justine TenZeldam on 06/15/2016 at 6:52 PM

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

Why not name the cops involved in this scandal?

Posted by Daniel Lee Blades on 06/15/2016 at 5:40 PM

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

Great job, great reporting. There is so much more corruption to be exposed. FYI, they decriminalized prostitutuin in Australia because the police corruption had finally reached an unacceptable level.

We've been talking about the police corruption for decades and have been told that police having sex with us while arresting us for prostitution was legal when really its state sanctioned rape.

Checkout our historic lawsuit to have the state prostitution law ruled unconstitutional.
http://Www.decriminalizesexwork.com

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 06/15/2016 at 4:45 PM

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

Wow, are these all white people in power, corrupting the system. Hard to believe.

Posted by Cassandra Madison on 06/15/2016 at 4:27 PM

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

Toxic masculinity. It's everywhere. Back in the day, feminists wrote about it and popularized the notion that patriarchy held sway in the West as a result of a cultural revolution several millenia ago. I think it's time for them to be writing about it again.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 06/15/2016 at 3:20 PM

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

William Johnson is innocent, DLA as usual had a knee jerk reaction.

Posted by celestefan on 06/15/2016 at 3:12 PM

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

I would like to hear more about guap's mother, who is an OPD dispatcher, such as, how she managed to raise a sex worker, their current relationship, whether/how she used her position in the department to help her industrious daughter advance her "career," and, why she is not being investigated?

Posted by Sherri Rita on 06/15/2016 at 2:26 PM

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

Leave it to Libby Schaaf to cover up such a sordid illegal mess. While Ms Schaaf preened herself for the cameras she proved to be a poor mayor and worse citizen lying about the exploitation by the police She should resign and be tried for colluding in this scandal. Then if convicted send her off to jail where she belongs. The DA needs to investigate this much more fully and not behind closed doors but in the light and include Kamala Harris' office that seemed woefully slow in responding or investigating. It is doubtful she will make a decent Senator and voters might want to keep her poor performance in mind when voting in the coming election.

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Posted by Steve Redmond on 06/15/2016 at 2:19 PM

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

One point that may be drawn from this, aside from the need for a massive police overhaul and punishment of crooked officers, is that we need to legalize prostitution. This is going to emerge as a social issue of our time, as we continue wasting public money arresting sex workers who, just like the persecuted weed smokers before them, aren't hurting anyone.

Prostitution is going to continue whether you like it or not. Legalizing and regulating prostitution, will protect vulnerable sex workers, remove violent pimps from the equation, and eliminate the dangerous power dynamic that these crooked cops used to exploit and manipulate this girl (and likely many others).

I am confident that this position will end up being on the right side of history, and it's only a matter of time.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 06/15/2016 at 2:06 PM

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

All the involved officers should be fired if they broke the law.

Impossible to believe the "innocent" girl's mother was completely unaware of what was happening given the way rumors get about in the department.,.. Much of this happened while she was a minor... and the mother was being paid great compensation by the city... ($125,000 to $150,000 total comp for most OPD police dispatchers).
Seems everyone involved was on the city payroll in one form or another..

Even the "shocked" city council member "We are horrified, shocked and sickened at recent, additional revelations about abuse and misconduct within the Oakland Police Department," Oakland Councilmembers Annie Campbell Washington, Abel Guillen.

Guillen... so shocked... as is the public when they read and hear (KPIX) that he self gifted himself over $80,000 worth of free tickets to the Warriors and other Coliseum events... Shocked... simply shocked about this OPD scandal.

When one looks at all the players in the above mess, it would seem the city taxpayers were the main victims. Everyone else was keenly aware of what they were doing... everyone involved... everyone..

Posted by Dan de'Data on 06/15/2016 at 1:23 PM

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

Now, if only we could get eyes on the issues that plague our city, like this story has managed to uncover (as it continues and unfolds). It's exactly things like this that take away the resources we need on the community concerns we consistently have. As someone who sits on several boards and volunteers my time on commission(s), this is a G.D. SHAME. The time we spend as citizens trying to clean up communities, we are CONSTANTLY TOLD "we don't have money for this OR we are trying to do this". THIS IS WHERE OUR TAXPAYER MONEY IS GOING? WTF? So when I chair our Beat NCPC next month, this question will be at the top of the list. I'm sorry this is happening at all and horrified that its sex with a minor and federally a crime, not just an embarrassment. Perhaps our Local/State/County and Federal representatives across politics and law enforcement can help us figure out why we have to read about this embarrassment, but can't seem to get traction on some of things they're to have oversight on.

People need to do their jobs and stop stealing money for the time they spend supposedly working but are creating news stories to embarrass the rest of us.

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 06/15/2016 at 12:55 PM

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

Kudos to East Bay Express. May you make a difference.
What I find so amazing is the depth to which the practice of sex for hire is accepted and apparently commonplace among the very agency that is entrusted to eradicate or at least minimize it. This article highlights just one woman while their are likely many. The OPD witnesses first hand the devestation of human trafficking but are obviously unmoved. This is a cultural flaw within the OPD. You would have to be ignorant not to think that this corrupt attitude didn't spill over into all other areas of enforcement like accuracy of reports, drugs and gangs. What a bummer.

Posted by Bob Gutierrez on 06/15/2016 at 11:01 AM

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

An important bottom line to this story is that Oakland's administration is either dishonest or clueless, or both.

Thus there's no place for the buck to stop.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/15/2016 at 8:07 AM
Posted by Ed Jones Jr. on 06/15/2016 at 2:45 AM

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