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

This is a complete fail by the Richmond Police Department, Chief Allwyn Brown, City Manager and Mayor!!! This was Chief Brown's idea with the approval of the City Manager! Sgt. Stonebraker was forced by the administration on two occasions pick up Guap and try to get her in rehab!

Chief Brown is lost and is just trying to take care of his buddy Lt. Andre Hill who is caught up with having sex with Guap. Also if "someone" was to dig deep enough I'm more than sure Chief Brown's own scandalous behavior would come to light.

Sending her to Florida is not going to make this go away....but Chief Brown is doing everything he can to try and make this go away before he has to discipline his friend and his own poor choices come to light!!

John Spartan

Posted by John Spartan on 09/01/2016 at 9:55 PM

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

Smells like a case of witness tampering and victim blaming. Under what statute was Guap forced to enter rehab? Had she been found guilty of a crime? Why was it deemed appropriate to ship her across country to a facility in Florida, and of course, who is paying for her 'treatment'? Richmond PD's pious 'we can't comment on anyone's rehab' statement is another example of how 'law enforcement' hide their crimes behind a veil of privacy concerns.

Posted by John Seal on 09/01/2016 at 7:18 PM

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

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Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

So, why is it that when a formerly black or white neighborhood becomes overwhelmingly Hispanic or asian, a million taquerias or noodle houses replace the old diners, there is no outcry we only hear that "wonderful diversity or multiculturalism" is taking place. However, when whites move in and bring coffee shops, great restaurants and higher rents it is "evil gentrification"?

People regardless of race should be able to make any food they want, or else we should go after all those damn Chinese that have shitty hamburger and BBQ restaurants..not to mention the donut shops! Eat the food, or not, but to hate on someone for being successful is bottom of the barrel shit.

Posted by antiracist on 09/01/2016 at 5:35 PM

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

While the Express writers try to spin uncertainty, other media present hard reporting about Guap in Florida. *** Whether you have sympathy or not for this woman, anything she says clearly has no credibility. Shame on those who use this case for their attacks on Oakland police and their careerist campaign for "oversight" positions at taxpayer expense.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 09/01/2016 at 5:18 PM

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

Darwin, PLEASE edit this poorly-written, hastily-posted report. It is very confusing. You don't even directly say -- so we are left to deduce after struggling to parse your poor prose -- that Guap is accused of attacking SOMEONE AT THE FACILITY! And what role in this does "the employee who wouldn't give his name" play?? Assuming that is not the previously referenced Director. And the paragraph beginning "Price said..." is an ungrammatical, non-sensical nightmare.

I have been reading the East Bay Express weekly since the 1980's and I am sorry to say that over the years it has become an often poorly-written, terribly-edited rag that prioritizes investigation and "you read it here first" claims over literate journalism. Even the National Enquirer is better edited.

Not to mention that you usually have little interest in any other East Bay city besides Oakland, unless, like now, there is an Oakland tie.

Posted by Jessie West on 09/01/2016 at 4:18 PM

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

Now more important than ever. Sign the petition for an independent investigation by the Attorney General: https://www.change.org/p/kamala-harris-demand-an-investigation-of-the-bay-area-police-sex-scandal

Posted by Ben Steinberg on 09/01/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Can Tech in Oakland Become More Inclusive?

Oakland needs jobs so that people can afford the condos! P

Posted by Sean Kruze on 09/01/2016 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

No, we've paid enough money - use what we've already given you to maintain the infrastructure. Use the higher property taxes, the money you get from denser housing and secondary units, the developer penalty for affordable housing, the taxes from the influx of business to do the work. Stop unethical use of funds such as Abel Guillen and Lynette McElhaney for sports events, and put this to public use. This current council is a disgrace, and I will not give you more money to waste and line your pockets. Do the job you were elected to do, or get out and let people that have a clue run our city.

Posted by oak2sfo on 09/01/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

Miss Ollie's, Fusebox, Hawker Fare, Nido, Namu Gaji, Kin Khao, Aziza, and Mourad get plenty of attention. Should James Syhabout or Corey Lee catch flak for appropriating French culture?

The restaurant section of Oasis Food Market went way downhill. Has it come back? When I walked through a few months ago it didn't look like it had.

Posted by RobertLauriston on 09/01/2016 at 9:38 AM

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

Sign the Change.org petition to demand an independent investigation by the California Attorney General: https://www.change.org/p/kamala-harris-demand-an-investigation-of-the-bay-area-police-sex-scandal.

Posted by Ben Steinberg on 09/01/2016 at 7:09 AM

Re: “The Kaepernick Conversation Should Be About Black Lives, Not National Anthem Etiquette

Your article is spot on in the assertion that once again, America wants to take the easy road. Instead of dealing with the issue of cops getting away with murder, America wants to talk about the flag. The reality is that we watched the film of a group of SFPD cops execute an unarmed Black man (Mario Woods) on the streets of SF earlier this year. SFPD then killed an unarmed Black woman in a car the very next week. In both cases, Police officials and the union reps defended the cops and tried to justify both shootings when the public knows what we saw. This is exactly what Kaepernick is talking about, not the military. For the Police union to now have the nerve to make a public statement deriding him for his actions is outrageous. The fact is they owe those families, Kaepernick and the public an apology for violating their sworn oath to serve and protect. The mass media focus on the flag is just a distraction from dealing with the truth.Cops in America have been terrorizing neighborhoods of color since reconstruction. In fact, being a cop was what KKK members did as day job.Their main duty was to keep "those" people in line and on the their side of the tracks. It is only now that white America has video proof of what all Black people have known for generations. In addition, for people all over the world, that flag represents invasion, colonization, terror, mass destruction and the tyranny of America. At the end of the day America, freedom is not free. If you know history and acknowledge reality, you will see that not only US soldiers, but more often than not, it has been people of color who have paid the price.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/01/2016 at 4:14 AM

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

If these officers have sex with Guap while she was underage how many more unknown girls were victims that are afraid to speak up.

Posted by Veronyca Mawusi Abena on 09/01/2016 at 12:04 AM

Re: “The Kaepernick Conversation Should Be About Black Lives, Not National Anthem Etiquette

If Colin Kaepernick had not told the media that he had purposely been setting down during the National Anthem, nobody would have noticed. Nobody would have been insulted. Nobody would have been discussing whether he had a Constitutional right to stay seated. And, I would have not learned that the third stanza celebrated of the National Anthem cheers the death of slaves that ran to the British to be free. These words are an embarrassment to be part of America's National Anthem.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The stain of our history of slavery should not be part of the National Anthem that should ideally represents the best of the Nation and call to all in the Nation to come together in song. If Black Lives Matter today, there has to be a new National Anthem.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 08/31/2016 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Toxic Incense

One has to wonder why any intelligent person would think that burning incense would purify the air. The article on the other hand only dealt with stick/cone/coil incense---what about resins? What are in resin incenses?

It'd be nice if we could get beyond this RedState BlueState---if you say nice things about A you must be against B mentality. Why doesn't incense get any scrutiny? I burn a lot of it (with open windows, unless I'm going out and want to stink up the place for the even better---after burn olfactory experience) so it really would be nice to know what's in it.

What would organic mean, in incense? If an organically produced compound produced benzene, say... I've found that some resins seem to be full of water---they put out the charcoal before they've even started burning---and of course, you're burning charcoal indoors...

Is my incense going to kill me before the wine does? Or will I be coughing up blood on a respirator as I die of liver cancer?

Would somebody please get me a glass of wine, I mean, I'm dying so what do you care---and please, light some incense---your perfume is making me nauseous.

Posted by Paul Tominac on 08/31/2016 at 8:07 PM

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

Well what do you expect. The cops investigating themselves is always a failed approach.

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 08/31/2016 at 7:46 PM

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

O.Malley is a loser with perception of her incompetence being extremely high. Time to file charges and get off her duff or give it to State AG for prosecution. Damn shame that some bad apples tarnish all OPD officers and the DA is in another world as it drags its feet.

Posted by Steve Redmond on 08/31/2016 at 1:44 PM

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

The way they threw Sgt Gantt under the bus is another example of how dirty they are. Gantt has always been a outstanding cop who served the city well. Other officers/investigators just abhor the way he gets his cases solved and is so often in the spotlight as a result. I'm really surprised they haven't tried other things in an attempt to bring him down, professionally or physically.
Most of the cops at OPD can not be trusted and you have to be extra careful about who you communicate with in leadership as well. Speak up against certain cops involved in wrongdoing and those cops will be tipped off while you now have to watch YOUR back from suspects on the street as well as other officers. Whent's departure was long over due and had those rookies been around a bit longer they would've been protected and possibly saved by the blue code.
I along with many others in and outside OPD will not be surprised when there are no charges filed in the Guap case. By the way, O'Brien's suicide was prompted by the guilt of his wife's death as well as his relationship with Guap. Regardless of what the DA says, remember, OPD was at the scene first (take that several ways). He killed his wife and a certain detective was on the verge of getting him to break or confess util he was swiftly pulled off the case

Posted by marv on 08/31/2016 at 12:57 PM

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

OPD has always been terrible when it came to covering up for officers.
While I was there, I gave statements against 2 officers whom I witnessed beating a handcuffed suspect....with their batons. For the next few weeks dispatch had to assign units to back me on calls during certain shifts. Dirty cops backed by dirty administration. Leaving OPD was one of the best moves I've made for my career, sanity and life

Posted by marv on 08/31/2016 at 12:34 PM

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

If OPD Officers (including high ranking officers) participated in a cover-up of the information implicating other officers in unlawful sex trafficking activities, those officers should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice. Period.

Posted by Pamela Y. Price on 08/31/2016 at 12:31 PM

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