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The accusations made last year by a year-old Richmond woman, who has asked to be identified only as Jasmine, sparked national outrage and sent shock waves through the Oakland Police Department and Bay Area law enforcement community.
Some of the encounters, Jasmine said, happened while she was underage. She also claimed officers gave her information about planned police raids in exchange for sex. A series of investigations that began last summer has led to criminal charges against seven Bay Area law enforcement officers, the departure of Police Chief Sean Whent and discipline against several other Oakland officers. The Los Angeles Times does not normally name victims of sexual crimes, but Jasmine has repeatedly identified herself during a of public appearances and interviews.
The vote did not take place until around 2 a. Wednesday, passing 7 to 1, said civil rights attorney John Burris, who represents Jasmine.
The dissenting vote came from Councilwoman Desley Brooks, who wanted Jasmine to receive a larger settlement, according to Councilman Noel Gallo. A formal lawsuit was never filed, Burris said. A notice of claim was filed with the city last year, while Jasmine was represented by a different attorney. Jasmine has made claims against officers in each agency, Burris said.
In a statement, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the city is committed to moving forward from the scandal and fostering a culture of ability and transparency within its police department. The investigation widened in the summer, when Jasmine, then publicly known by another name, told a television reporter that she had sex with more than a dozen members of the Oakland Police Department as well as officials with other law enforcement agencies in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Alameda County Dist. In January, former Oakland Police Officer Leroy Johnson pleaded no contest to failure to report sexual misconduct with a minor, according to Assistant Dist.
Teresa Drenick. His judgment was deferred, and the case will be dismissed in May if he successfully completes probation, the prosecutor said. Four former Oakland police officers and a former Contra Costa County deputy still face charges in the case.
Two of them are charged with having oral sexual interactions with Jasmine while she was underage. Earlier this year, Schaff selected Anne Kirkpatrick, a former high-ranking officer in Chicago who also once served as chief of the Spokane, Wash. Two other interim chiefs were selected, and almost immediately dismissed, in the following week. Schaaf eventually decided to place the department under civilian control. Burris, a longtime critic of the department, said it has a long way to go to regain the trust it lost as a result of the scandal.
Gallo, the councilman who represents the Fruitvale neighborhood where Jasmine has said her encounters with city police officers began, said he hoped the settlement would be the first step in a long healing process for the woman. In recent months she has taken part in anti-sex trafficking initiatives in the Fruitvale neighborhood, he said. Massive Big Sur landslide added 13 acres to Central California coast.
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