Oakland moves to fire four officers, suspend seven over sex scandal
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[September 08, 2016]
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The
mayor of Oakland, California, said on Wednesday she had moved to
fire four police officers and suspend seven more in connection with
a sex scandal that has roiled the department in recent months.
The Oakland Police Department has been racked with problems,
including the resignation of three police chiefs in quick succession
after news of the scandal involving a teenage sex worker and police
officers emerged in local media in June.
"We believe we have taken very strong and serious discipline, and
that it sends a very loud message about what our expectations are
for the conduct and professionalism of police officers," Mayor Libby
Schaaf told the evening news conference.
Oakland City Administrator Sabrina Landreth said the city issued
notices of intent to discipline 12 officers in total on Wednesday.
The city is seeking to terminate four officers over violations
including attempted sexual assault, engaging in lewd conduct in
public, assisting in the crime of prostitution, accessing law
enforcement databases for personal gain, failing to report a
violation of law, and lying to investigators, she said.
The city issued notices of intent to suspend seven other officers
without pay, and intends to order counseling and training for
another officer, Landreth said. She said the proposed disciplinary
actions were subject to due process and grievance processes.
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Representatives for the Oakland Police Officers' Association could
not be immediately reached for comment. But the organization
expressed anger over the allegations in June, saying they "do not
represent what we stand for."
Schaaf added that prosecutors were investigating the case and she
expected a decision on possible charges to be made "relatively
Schaaf declined to provide the identities of the officers involved
and other details about the investigation.
The East Bay Express newspaper reported in June that as many as 21
officers from the Oakland Police Department and other area law
enforcement agencies had sex with a teenage sex worker, including
some incidents while she was underage.
The newspaper based its report on interviews with the woman, elected
officials, Oakland police sources and documents. Other media outlets
have since published similar accounts.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Peter
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