Okland, California does not have even one honest senior police officer to assume duties as Police Chief.
Oakland lost three police chiefs in just eight days amid a string of bombshell accusations involving racist text messages and prostitution, city officials decided that for now, the department can operate without any chief at all.
Chief Sean Whent suddenly resigned June 9 after investigators revealed that several officers had sex with a teenage prostitute, in some cases when she was underage.
Oakland mayor appointed Bay Area Rapid Transit Assistant Police Chief Ben Fairow as a temporary replacement, but fired him last Wednesday after learning unspecified information that led her to lose confidence in his ability to lead the beleaguered department.
Then Schaaf apponted Paul Figueroa as an acting chief. She said he stepped down on Friday but claimed his decision was not connected to any scandal. She revealed officials were investigating racist text messages that she said were “wholly inappropriate and not acceptable from anyone who wears the badge of the Oakland Police Department.”
At least 14 officers are mired in the sex scandal, and Schaaf said the number of officers involved with the racist texts is smaller. Still, she cautioned that the investigation was ongoing. One of the officers under investigation in the text scandal has been placed on leave, she said.
Some of the officers being investigated were “engaging in hate speech” and others were “tolerating it” by receiving offensive messages and not reporting them.
Two Oakland police officers have resigned amid the sex scandal, and three others remain on paid leave.
The Oakland police department was already under federal oversight over past failures to adequately hold officers accountable for misdeeds that included planting evidence and robbing residents.