OAKLAND (KRON) — Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf is calling for an investigation into a new police criminal misconduct case.
“Today, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth announced that at their request, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office will be handling an investigation into alleged criminal misconduct by a member of the Oakland Police Department (OPD). This investigation is separate and unrelated to the ongoing investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by members of OPD,” mayor’s office spokeswoman Erica Derryck said in a press release.
The person has been placed on administrative leave.
“Pursuant to an Executive Order Mayor Schaaf issued on May 13, 2016, any allegation of criminal misconduct by an employee of the Oakland Police Department, on or off duty, will be immediately reported to the district attorney in the county where the incident is alleged to have occurred. Mayor Schaaf put this new protocol in place to ensure the integrity of misconduct investigations,” Derryck said.
Schaaf was made aware of the criminal allegations on June 11, her office said. The mayor turned the criminal investigation over to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office the next day.
An outside investigator is conducting the internal affairs investigation, Derryck said.
“We are still not at liberty to discuss details of any ongoing investigation without risking compromise of the investigation and potentially jeopardizing our efforts to hold wrongdoers accountable. However, given the current climate we felt it necessary to make this announcement. This is an effort to reassure the public that we are taking swift action to address every instance of misconduct. Oakland residents and the good men and women in the Oakland Police Department who nobly serve this community deserve nothing less,” the mayor’s office said.
This all comes as the department is dealing with a sex scandal first broken by KRON, involving a call girl who said she had relationships with multiple police officers. Some of those encounters allegedly happened when she was underage.
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