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$66 Million Lawsuit Says Oakland Police Sexually Exploited Teen Prostitute
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Libby Schaaf

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Photo courtesy of Fox News.

Summary: The teen prostitute at the root of the Oakland police sex scandal is suing the city for $66 million.

An underage prostitute ran away from her pimp and met Oakland police officer Brendan O’Brien, The Washington Post reports. However, instead of helping the teen escape her bad situation, he allegedly abused his power and exploited her to his law enforcement friends.

  
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Two years later and now 19-years-old, the unnamed girl is suing the city for $66 million. She accuses Oakland, the police force, the police chief, and multiple police officers of allowing a “teenage girl who needed to be rescued” to be trafficked, raped, victimized, and exploited. Her lawyer, A. Cabral Bonner, said that the teen wants $6 million from each Oakland officer who abused her, and lesser amounts from supervisors who were aware of the situation but did not report what was happening.

The news of the Oakland sex scandal first broke out this summer, and it resulted in numerous law enforcement firings, including the resignation of Oakland’s police chief. Two people were appointed to replace him, but both resigned after only a week.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf apologized for what had happened to the teen girl and vowed to “root out what is clearly a toxic, macho, culture.”

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In the lawsuit, the teen said that O’Brien and other officers had sex with her, and some paid with money while others gave her insider information. For instance, she said that she was tipped off whenever a sex ring sting would occur so that she could avoid arrest.

The teen also said that Oakland supervisors knew what was happening and looked away.



During the investigation, O’Brien committed suicide and left a note, admitting to his crime and implicating other officers involved.

Oakland prosecutors have filed criminal charges against 10 police officers, and they stated that more charges are coming.

In the lawsuit, the teen said she was passed around to officers in Oakland and other agencies around the Bay Area, including Richmond which is north of Oakland. All in all, she said that she had sex with over 30 police officers from six different agencies. Those areas are being investigated as well.

Do you think Oakland’s police department will be able to clean up its act? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Washington Post



 

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