Tell me again about those ‘good apples’?

Jesus H Christ is it ever WTFland in the news today.

Content Notice: Human trafficking and corrupt police.

Oakland Police are caught up in a $66-million dollar lawsuit alleging 30+ officers perpetuated a minor’s human trafficking for two years:

The teenager had been selling herself for money since she was 12. She had been “exploited by pimps,” she says, and was in the act of running away from one when she met Brendan O’Brien, a police officer in Oakland, Calif.

But instead of helping the then-17-year-old prostitute, O’Brien and more than 30 other law enforcement officers “continued to traffic, rape, victimize and exploit a teenage girl who needed to be rescued,” according to a legal claim filed with the Oakland city attorney’s office. “Instead of helping [the teen] find a way out of exploitation, they furthered and deepened her spiral down into the sex trade,” the claim adds.

Now 19, the teen is seeking $66 million in damages from the city, its police force, its former chief and multiple officers — the latest twist in an astonishing sex scandal that has swept up several police departments in the San Francisco Bay area.

The scandal led to the resignation of Oakland’s police chief, as well as the two people appointed to replace him, neither of whom lasted a week. It also led to other firings and suspensions, numerous criminal charges — and an apology from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

“I am deeply sorry for the harm that this scandal has caused, particularly to community trust, which for many was already so tenuous,” Schaaf (D) said earlier this month.

The teen’s claim, filed Friday, implicates not just O’Brien and the officers accused of having sex with the teen, but also supervisors who “stood by with a blind eye” as the teen became a sex slave for the officers, her attorneys said.

O’Brien committed suicide in the midst of a growing internal investigation. A note he left behind named other officers who he said had sex with the teen.  

Investigators have moved ahead with their case against 10 officers — seven were charged last month, another three this week. Prosecutors say more charges are coming.

And leaders in Oakland and other municipalities have said they are cleaning house. “I am here to run a police department, not a frat house,” Schaaf said in June, according to the Los Angeles Times. She vowed to “root out what is clearly a toxic, macho, culture,” the Times reported. Schaaf did not respond to messages seeking comment this week.

What in the actual fuck is wrong with these police?



  1. blf says

    This one has been bubbling for awhile. From Oakland police sex scandal: seven officers face charges for abusing teen (about ten days ago):

    The wide-ranging scandal stems from a case involving a teenage girl who was sexually exploited by more than a dozen police officers throughout the region, according to numerous news reports and the young woman’s testimony. In 2015, an officer reportedly killed himself, leaving a note that launched an investigation.

    [… T]hose relationships would be considered statutory rape and human trafficking.

    The now 19-year-old said she had sex with four of the officers before she turned 18 and sometimes traded sex for protection from arrest or tips about planned prostitution stings.


    Most of the implicated officers work in Oakland, where […] disciplinary action has begun against a dozen officers. Schaaf said dismissal proceedings have begun for four officers, seven will serve a range of unpaid suspensions before being allowed to return to duty and another will be required to attend training classes.

    The department, which cycled through three chiefs in 10 days in June after the allegations were first reported in the media, earlier announced that two officers implicated in the scandal previously resigned.

    [… A] Livermore police officer who had been on administrative leave resigned after seeing the results of his department’s investigation.

    Critics had questioned why officers haven’t faced criminal charges and yet the woman is incarcerated at a local jail [in Florida] for aggravated battery charges. […]

    As noted at the end, most of the goon gang seems to be getting a slap on the wrist, whilst the young lady has been jailed(albeit for other, and possibly valid, reasons).

  2. stellatree says

    I live in Oakland, the cops here are terrible. Every detail that comes out about this case is more distressing than the last.
    The victim is in jail in Florida because the Richmond PD, who are also under investigation in this case, paid to have her sent there for rehab (looks like witness tampering/obstruction of justice), where she allegedly bit a security guard.

  3. blf says

    stellatree@2 mentions the young lady is in Florida possibly due to witness tampering &tc: Thanks. I was not aware of that angle to the case (which I haven’t really been following).

  4. Jake Harban says

    The good apples are the cops who join the police force with the best of intentions and then get corrupted into bad apples by their fellow cops.

    After all, if one bad apple can spoil the bunch then a single good apple thrown amidst a bunch of rotting ones hardly stands a chance.

  5. says

    There are no good apples.

    If you talk to any cop, they’ll tell you there are bad cops – cops that cut corners, tamper evidence, grope a suspect, do drugs, pocket a weapon, whatever. Then you ask the cop “so why haven’t you done anything about it?” Oh, uh, it’s hard blah blah blah. Yup. There are no good cops.

    Are we really supposed to believe that only a few of the cops in Oakland knew that some of their fellows were keeping a teenage sex slave? Give me a break. Lots of them knew about it; they just kept the “omerta” like proper gangsters.

    Delenda Oakland Police.