The Oakland Police Department
concluded in a report released today that “further discipline is not warranted” for the police officials who mishandled the internal investigations of criminal and ethical misconduct by Oakland cops in the Celeste Guap sex exploitation scandal.
The OPD report followed a highly critical one issued earlier this year commissioned by a federal judge.
According to the new OPD report, rather than being demoted or fired for their mistakes, senior police officials who prematurely shut down the internal criminal and administrative investigations were made to engage in “individual reflection” and a “roundtable” in which they discussed with Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, and with each other, how they bungled the cases.
Attorney Jim Chanin told the Express that the city and OPD appear to have made a good faith effort to figure out what structurally went wrong inside OPD. But Chanin was also critical of the city’s lack of action to discipline the officers who mishandled the cases.
“I don’t think that they treated the command staff the same way that they treated the officers,” he said, referring to 12 lower-ranking Oakland cops who were disciplined for misconduct in the Guap case last year. “I don’t think they would have had a roundtable if it was anyone other than the command staff. If you’re a low-ranking officer, you should get treated the same as a…
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