Oakland Officials Announce Nearly $1 Million Settlement In Widespread Police Sex Scandal
(BANT) – City officials in Oakland announced this morning that they have settled a case against the city claiming police victimized a young woman.
According to city officials, Jasmine Abuslin, formerly known as Celeste Guap, claimed that when she was a minor, she was sexually victimized and exploited by Oakland police officers.
The Oakland City Council voted Tuesday night to pay $989,000 to settle the case, city officials said. Following the vote, Oakland City Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan issued a statement calling for a change in the culture of the Oakland Police Department.
The statement read in part: “…many are feeling dismay with this gross misconduct that was not only harmful to the then minor, Jasmine, but also that the misconduct will cost tax-payers as well.”
Kaplan has called for numerous changes to the recruitment and hiring policies of the police department, including hiring applicants with connections to the city, prohibiting past marijuana use as grounds for rejection into the police academy, and screening out applicants with problematic attitudes.
“We need to ensure that we are building the conditions that make it possible to have trust and healing between the community and our law enforcement officers, and cut sexual misconduct and other forms of abuse,” Kaplan said in a statement.