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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

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

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

I may get chastised for saying this, but excellent investigative reporting.

Posted by Richard Paloma on 06/14/2016 at 7:09 PM

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

If society won't take the moral high ground and assert that no human being should have to pay another human being for access to geography (but should, rather, have to pay society for that access), then programs such as the Berkeley City Council has proposed will arise, predictably, and they may mitigate, though they can't remove, the transfer of earned income from producers to the mere land-holding aspect of landlords. The housing aspect of landlord income is legitimate, but as commonsense informs us, it is land values which rise disproportionate to the cost of the building.

Posted by Christian Ogg on 06/14/2016 at 4:55 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:…

"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
Bay Area Sex Worker Advocacy Network
Trafficking Policy Research project

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

Re: “Actually, Brock Turner Did Deserve Prison for the Stanford Sexual Assault

This is a perfect example of the elite not being accountable for their actions as far as justice is concerned on a local level, and it is very bad for our State to have this kind of injustice occur, it is synonymous with Billary Clinton on a national level, she will probably escape justice due to who she is and who she knows.
What if every criminal stated that what they did did not jeopardize national security (although clearly against the law) so they should not be arrested or prosecuted, in layman's terms that's exactly what Clinton defense is........................... our country is in bad shape

Posted by Michael Kim on 06/13/2016 at 11:55 AM

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: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

East Bay Express continues to conflate Oakland rent control with State law (Costa Hawkins) that exempt anything built after 1995 from any type of rent control. Doing this is confusing and causes people to waste energy trying to change Oakland's laws which have no effect on state law.Don't go asking the Mayor about "new" construction being exempt from rent control. she'll just refer you to the Governor.

That said, expanding the rent control adjustment program from 12 to 17 FTE (full time equivalents) is what the analysis calls for. This is obviously sorely needed given the reports comparisons of Oakland's Rent Adjustment Program to those of other cities.
You can read the proposed legislation and the report cited here:…

As for foot dragging, they may be waiting for the results of an audit of the rent adjustment program, currently underway. This is being done at the insistence of advocates on both sides of the issue. It is long overdue.

The proposed rules that compel property owners to petition for higher rents MAY reduce tenant petitions but will certainly increase petitions from property owners and will not help tenants with non-compliant landlords who will continue to ignore the laws no matter how strict they are.

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 06/12/2016 at 8:25 PM

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.

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.…

You can also use the eComment link on the far right side of the June 14 2016 Public Safety Committee agenda at

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

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