A recall campaign targeting Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf faces an uphill battle to gather the 23,000 signatures it needs by mid-January to trigger a special recall election.
Moments after an officer pleaded not guilty to having sex with their client, attorneys for the woman identified as “Celeste Guap” in press reports announced they are seeking damages from four cities and two counties in which they allege police officers sexually exploited the former teenage sex worker.
The teenager at the center of a sexual exploitation scandal involving multiple police departments has returned to the Bay Area, according to her attorneys. At a press conference Thursday morning, civil rights attorneys Charles Bonner and Pamela Price said they are planning to sue “everyone involved” in sending Guap to Florida and in her sexual exploitation.
The Alameda County District Attorney can proceed with charges against seven Bay Area officers involved in the “Celeste Guap” case as soon as Guap is released from a Florida jail—something a Florida prosecutor said “could be soon.”
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced this week that 12 Oakland police officers will be disciplined for their involvement in a wide-ranging sex scandal. But some Oakland residents are saying Schaaf’s response doesn’t go far enough.
A new measure will ask Oakland voters in November if they want to create a new police-oversight commission. But some community activists—and some members of city council—wanted to see a different kind of commission.