Paul Figueroa was "acting" police chief for two whole days before he was swiveled out of his chair, but not cashiered out of town. He was shuffled back to his old position, as police captain, one assumes, because his ethical breakdowns would fly under the radar there. Oakland Mayor, Libby Schaaf, did not say why Paul had to go. So the murky situation is, well, as clear as mud.
It seems some officers had sex with a teenage prostitute, hopefully at different times and dates. Otherwise we'd be talking sickness as well as sex...
Seriously, morals in the force are lower than the New York Knicks’ basketball standards.
Before Paul, there was "interim" Police Chief Ben Fairow. Interim certainly fits the bill: he lasted but a few days.
Before Fairow there was Chief Sean Whent who went the way of the Dodo bird after the scandals with the lady of the night came to the light of day. Actually Whent should have been fired for fouling the English language when he said “The Oakland Police Department takes this allegation extremely serious...”
(Perhaps the force might get better performances from its top-dog appointees if they removed qualifiers like acting, interim, and the like.) Who, in their right mind, would want a job with such a circumscribed limitation imposed on, and publicized about, it?
Anyway, let's get into the juicy stuff. Who did what to whom, why – well, for sex; when; where; and let's assume - how - is best left to our imaginations. Or maybe there are videos on YouTube revealing the indiscretions...call it Toxic Macho Culture
On second thought don't refer to it as that - because the Mayor has already labeled it that - call it instead: the "Pro Teen Performs with Fourteen Oakland Police."
She, in her major, starring role, alleges she was sometimes a MINOR, just sixteen – though she was impressed by the men-in-uniform and defined her goings on with officers as harmless.
Though she’s engaged in the world’s oldest profession, and classifies herself as a bisexual to boot, she’s a kid - she’s allowed to be naive. Her somewhat unaware thoughts aside, this MINOR aspect takes this scandal from sordidness to grossness.
On a lesser note, Mayor Libby is quite livid to learn some African-American officers texted racially-themed messages. So there's a separate investigation into that.
Someone should investigate who is now the police boss. Congratulations, Sabrina Landreth. Quite a leap from City Administrator to head honcho.
Actually there's another boss, the federal government. It has been overseeing the "troubled" department since 2000. So somebody should investigate the Feds for falling down, YET AGAIN, on the job.
The Feds had taken over because, it seems, some police - AKA "Rough Riders” - were planting evidence and face planting peons-peasants AKA citizens.
One shouldn't think the Oakland police are alone in being sexist, misogynist pigs. In Canada, the Royal Mounted Canadian Police (RCMP) is being investigated as a force for rampant sexual harassment incidents against its female staff.
But, on the other hand, Googling "Police Sex Scandal" returns Oakland's dirty debacle, front, left, and center - so maybe Oakland's police are somewhat unique in this regard.
But the prostitute “Celeste Guap” born in Nicaragua, who cavorted with Oakland's finest, says she also canoodled with police from at least four other cities. But at least two Oakland officers more than held up their end, giving the woman information on upcoming hooker busts (arrests, not chest sizes.)
Sadly, prostitutes often turn tricks to pay for drug habits, or take to the streets to escape abusive and dysfunctional family life. And in Oakland many congregate in an area known as "The Track" a part of International Blvd.
Noel Gallo, of Oakland's city council, says (paraphrasing) that it is a hub for human trafficking. It would seem, therefore, that a prostitute would not necessarily need a cop's business: there are enough Johns to go around. The cops have to know this. Gallo could fill them in with statistics from 2015. The police should focus on preventing crime, rather than actively participating and abetting it.
How will Ms. Schaaf hope to eradicate the Toxic Macho Culture? She'll, no doubt, draw upon her long and varied experience in public life from Mayor's aide, to Public Affairs Director, to pol from District 4, to Mayor. But persuasive though she may be from the bully pulpit, what will be even more persuasive will be appropriate charges being laid against the accused offenders by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, with guilty sentences to follow. That would smarten up attitudes, right quick.
And perhaps Celeste should look to her step-father as a role model for a career change. He is a dispatcher for the Oakland Police.
Or, better yet: Her mother.
Mom made over $133,000 in 2014 as; you guessed it, a 911 dispatcher – for the Oakland Police.