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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: “JP Morgan Chase's Home Loans in Oakland Mostly Went to White and Wealthy Residents

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Posted by Anjali Anju on 06/17/2016 at 10:37 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Underage-Sex Scandal Made Its Way onto Facebook and Instagram

Having just listened to the Mayor's press conference, I offer the following follow-up/leads in your reporting:

1) Mayor Schaaf says tonight that the sex scandal investigation is almost over....Not so's not all about the officers involved with Ms. plain sight, an obviously frustrated Councilman Gallo has made repeated public references (latest at 6/14 Council public safety ctee hearing) to service workers finding condums, often, in cop cars brought in for service/cleaning at International Blvd. car shops on International Blvd. This stuff has been going on with more than one sex worker. Dig for facts that would require the City to keep investigating.....because I'd say there's a 90% chance there's more, much more...

2) Mayor Schaaf also says that putting City Administrator in direct charge of OPD is "civilian oversight "of OPD. It's not---it's just more direct, temporary City Administration oversight of OPD, the status quo.....the CA already oversees OPD. Real, independent oversight is in a proposed Charter Amendment approved by Council Public Safety Committee.......

3) Throughout the last few weeks, the Mayor has been bemoaning how little she can say about personnel changes and investigationsdue to the Police Officers Bill of Rts, as expanded by CA Supreme Court in Copley v. Superior Court.....But our City leaders did nothing to support a bill changing that law (SB 1286, Leno) and the bill was quietly killed by Senate leaders on May 27 for political/election reasons. As a result our State and local government remains under the thump of police unions and they, are stiffled in holding police accountable and the public has no idea what police managers and city officials are doing, not doing. The Mayor can be frustrated about existing law, she should be embarrassed for doing nothing to support the Leno bill. I can only assume that the silence on SB 1286 is directly related to keep on good terms with the 800 llb. politicl gorilla of Oakland politics, the OPOA.....

4) Your story above about the officer who was relating to sex workers while heading up OPD's "special victims unit".....exhibit 1 of the wrong cop to be heading an SVU. Who's choosing/managing these people----the OPOA? their corrupt power subordinates? Time to circle back to your May (? ) 205 sexual assaul victim mistreatnebt by OPD story. (A little of the same happened in recent drunk home invasion cop case, too, when responding police supervisor reportedly asked one of the victims if she really wanted to pursue charges.) The 2015 Express story was about a sexual assault victim who was denied an investigation by OPD, discouraged by OPD for pressing for an investigation and ultimately filed a complaint with CPRB. Mayor says she first learned of the 2015 case situation from the EXpress and caused reforms to the OPD's procedures for handling such cases. Did she? How many sexual assault and domestic violence victims have had their cases mishandled by OPD since? How good were those new protocols when you have a toxic cop in charge of the OPD's SVU? Are those policies being violated, too?

5) How about some less generic and more pointed appreciation for female police officers following the rules and trying to do their jobs in a toxic, sexist , discriminatory work work environment????

6) After the quick and seamless Jordan to Torribio to Whent Chief change, which the Court Monitors owned and directed...compared to what's gone on this month at OPD, you need to dig further as to how closely the current Mayor consulted with Compliance Director Warshaw. This , weeks changes have come fast, chaotically and almost schizophrenically , each change in response to new scandal facts. We know that Mayor Quan, whatever her failings, formed a deep.respectful an complete collaboration with the Court Monitors regarding NSA compliance. We know the current Mayor is capable of free-lancing (her unilateral change of the Court-ordered OPD crowd control policy). The non-deliberative, rushed, chaotic series of changes just don't look or feel like changes made with an appropriate level of advance consult with the Federal Monitors. Please dig deep on this issue, too. I can believe that former Chief Whent lost the confidence of the Court Monitor----I can't see the Monitor going for first Interim choice, Farrow, when he had been in IA for years and the Court Monitors had had so many criticisms of IA's work product.

Mary Vail
Oakland, CA
Call or write--your Editors have my phone and email....

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/17/2016 at 8:34 PM

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 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

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…

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

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