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

'Based on the information shared through this story, it appears that this young woman was the victim of trafficking.'

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The attorney argued that the scandalous behavior and botched investigations show that OPD is not remotely close to completing its federal reforms. "Without the [Negotiated Settlement Agreement and federal oversight], none of this would have happened and this poor woman would have been exploited without any consequences to the officers who did it," Chanin said.

Despite Whent's ouster by Warshaw, Mayor Schaaf repeatedly claimed last week that the former chief resigned for personal reasons, and that she and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth accepted his resignation. It's still unclear whether Schaaf knew about the scope of these sex-misconduct allegations.

After the Express released its investigation this past Friday, Schaaf put out a statement on Saturday evening reiterating her anger at the department's scandal. Nevertheless, Schaaf continues to stand by her statement that Whent resigned on his own terms. She's also assured that independent investigations would lead to swift justice.

The mayor tapped BART Deputy Police Chief Benson Fairow as interim chief. Fairow left the OPD in 2011 and will serve while the city conducts a national search for a permanent replacement.

One of the most immediate consequences for the city could be a federal takeover of the recruitment, hiring, and training of new OPD officers. All of the officers who allegedly slept with Guap and passed her departmental intelligence were hired after December 2013. Chanin said the involvement of so many rookie officers in this sort of misconduct raised major red flags.

"In my 38-and-a-half years of litigation involving the Oakland Police Department, I've never seen behavior like this," he said. "One or two outliers is understandable in a large organization. But the number here is completely unacceptable."

He said the first step for the city is to try to correct the hiring and recruitment process. If that doesn't happen, he said, "the next step is to ask for this to be put under the compliance director and court oversight." If this happens, the OPD would be the biggest local law-enforcement agency in the state to go under federal receivership.

"I'm angry and disappointed," Chanin said. "I feel betrayed, and that the city's been betrayed by officers at the highest levels."

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