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Another police chief steps down amid sex scandal as Oakland mayor rips “frat house” police

June 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Another police chief steps down amid sex scandal as Oakland mayor rips “frat house” police

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The position of police chief in Oakland has become a revolving door for top cops in the area, who can’t seem to hold the job for more than a few days before being hit by a scandal.

Paul Figueroa, who is currently acting as chief, announced on Friday that he is stepping down after only two days. This is the department’s fourth chief is just over a week.

Libby Schaaf, Oakland Mayor, said that after Figueroa’s resignation, all assistant chiefs will report to Sabrina Landreth of the City Administration while the search for a new replacement is underway.

Figueroa did not provide a reason for his withdrawal. However, a reporter from KTVY said that a scandal emerged involving racial texts and emails.

In a press conference, Schaff told reporters that an investigation regarding the texts is underway and would be finished in a couple of days, but did not disclose whether the investigation is linked to Figueroa.

The mayor, who was visibly frustrated at the situation, said that she, along with her city administrator, plan to “root out what is clearly a toxic macho culture.”

“I am here to run a police department, not a frat house,” She initially said at the conference. She later repeatedly said that she would not reveal any details so she does not compromise getting the “strongest punishment allowed.”

The issues in Oakland started last month after an investigation into the suicide of a cop last year revealed that he and others had engaged in relations with Celeste Guap, a teenage prostitute.

Guap, who is now 18, informed the East Bay Express that she had sex with over 20 officers across multiple departments and that three of them occurred when she was still a minor.

The sex worker, who is the daughter of a police dispatcher, told authorities that police would provide her with confidential information regarding prostitution raids in exchange for sex.

Sean Whent resigned from his chief position last Thursday when local news outlets reported criticism regarding the way he handled the investigation of the wrongdoing by his officers.

Assistant chief of the police for the BART mass transit system, Ben Fairow, was picked by Schaaf as a replacement and was scheduled to hold the title for six months.

However, Fairow was fired from his post on Wednesday after the mayor reported that she received information that caused her to lose confidence in her pick.

Current BART Chief, Kenton Rainey, informed reporters that Fairow confessed to having an extramarital affair with a woman 10 years ago.

Rainey’s former employee will return to his previous position at BART.

Figueroa was not implicated in the sex scandal, according to Schaff, which now appears to be another characteristic that both Oakland and San Francisco’s police department share, along with reports of racist texts.

According to KRON, Guap reportedly slept with two officers from San Francisco, and one who was also an ex-officer for the Oakland Police Department. The San Francisco Police Department is now conducting an investigation to see if any of their officers engaged in inappropriate behavior.

Greg Surr of San Francisco was forced to resign last night following a scandal-filled career after an officer shot a woman who was unarmed.

Racist texts were not the only inappropriate behavior accused of Oakland cops on Friday. The East Bay Express stated that homicide investigator James Michael Gantt allegedly allowed his mistress to have access to files so that she could write up his reports.

The woman reportedly became angry and posted all over social media about the cases after learning that Gantt was married.

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