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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

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: “Alameda County DA Seeks Controversial Surveillance Device

The Harris "Triggerfish" is outdated equipment.
Easiest way to stop this is in court. Recently a judge told a DA and the FBI(paraphrasing) "You signed a non-disclosure agreement with Harris and others but NOT with The People of the United States, you didn't realize we're not subject or bound by such an agreement, let's have the info or dismiss."
The case was dismissed.
This is a joke because all the defendants in IMSI-catcher cases need to do is keep demanding the Stingray evidence and the DoJ will come in and quietly DROP THE CASE when challenged. Don't believe me? Look it up.. they'd rather let a drug thug go free before the cough up info on the equipment.
(Which ironically has been leaked by Harris insiders online including the softwares.)

Posted by Mario Pass on 06/17/2016 at 1:26 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: “Oakland Housing Emergency

Thank for this the cast of living continue to go up but we're paid nothing in Oakland. I been in my apartment since 2009 and my rent has increased more then 10% each time now this time it's totally out of and all they can say it's the market price. I can't afford to pay mortgage prices in a 2 bedroom apartment in Oakland at this time. I cannot afford to buy a house in this market I have health issues and I need surgery and yet I have to maintain my job to take care of my children but I also have to worry about being homeless because my rent keeps going up.

Posted by Terry Edogun on 06/16/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “An East Bay Queer Artist-of-Color on Orlando's Horrific Nightclub Shooting

"Then there were the politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, who used this opportunity to blame an entire religion for a homophobic man's actions. There was a sense of relief to know that many of my fellow queers know better than this. We were quick to warn the rest of our community not to convert this act of homophobia into acts of Islamophobia."

Contrary viewpoint from Sunni Muslims conference speaker Fahad Qureshi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV710c1dgp…

Posted by Laura Menard on 06/16/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “It's Time To Overturn the State Ban on Rent Control

In regards to the amount of existing housing units in Oakland and the myth that more housing needs to be built-
According to the last US Census and data from the City of Oakland, the number of vacant, habitable Oakland housing units being purposefully held off of the rental and sale market by the owner is 6.2 per every unsheltered person in Oakland.
The housing crisis in Oakland is not about a lack of housing units, it is about a lack of access to the existing housing. Access to housing is blocked not only by sky rocketing prices, it is also blocked by the city's and the state's policy of allowing housing to sit vacant in the midst of a housing crisis of historic proportions. Oakland citizens die on the streets while our elected officials allow speculator property owners to hold housing units vacant thus decreasing the supply in a time of extremely high demand. Consequently the lack of supply drives the rental prices and thus property values unattainably high.

Posted by Kelly Jewett 1 on 06/16/2016 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Council Approves Ballot Measure to Tax Landlords and Create Affordable Housing Fund

Everybody knows it's dog eat dog and wealth never trickles down to the poor. So thank you, city council, for at least trying to fix a market failure.

Posted by Jane Christmas on 06/16/2016 at 10:42 AM

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

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