Oakland fires 4 officers in police sex scandal


OAKLAND (KRON) — Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth are announcing a conclusion to the administrative investigation into the accused sexual misconduct of some police officers.

In Wednesday news conference, Schaaf said 12 Oakland police officers are facing discipline in the sex scandal.

Four have been terminated and seven are suspended without pay, Schaaf said.

Landreth said the accusations against the four include attempted sexual assault, lewd conduct in public, assisting in the crime of prostitution, being untruthful to investigators, and failing to report a violation of law by not reporting a minor having sexual conduct with police officers.

Other accusations include assisting in the evading arrest for the crime of prostitution, accessing law enforcement databases for personal gain, and bringing disrepute to the Oakland Police Department.

Schaaf noted some may have previously left the department.

The department earlier announced that two officers implicated in the scandal previously resigned. A third killed himself last year.

The seven suspended officers are accused of accessing a law enforcement database for personal gain, failing to report a violation of the law, and also bringing disrepute to the department.

One officer is expected to undergo counseling and training, Landreth said.

Over the course of the investigation, 28,000 text messages were looked at, along with 8,000 pages of social media, and 50 interviews were conducted.

Schaaf said the action taken by the city “sends a loud and clear message that we hold our officers to nothing but the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.”

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