Target: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Goal: Launch an investigation into the Oakland Police Department after it was reported that multiple officers raped a trafficked kid.
Three Chiefs of Police have stepped down in nine days after a series of horrific scandals plagued the Oakland Police Department. The worst is the fact that a former victim of sex trafficking has come forward to say that 14 police officers were involved in her trafficking, which occurred when she was underage. She’s also said that officers from other departments engaged in this horrible crime of rape of an underage girl.
These allegations first came from a fellow Oakland officer who left a confession in his suicide note. It’s also suspected that this same officer murdered his own wife and that other officers in the department helped him cover up the crime. After all of this, a new scandal broke involving text messages containing incredibly racist “jokes” and the use of the n-word.
The first Chief of Police, Sean Whent, stepped down earlier this month for what he says are “personal reasons,” but others suspect that he was aware of the child trafficking the whole time. Ben Farrow was then instated, but according to the Oakland mayor, she found information that would “not allow him to continue as chief.” A third acting police chief, Paul Figueroa, just stepped down for unknown reasons.
Clearly, this department is out of control, and it certainly appears that cover ups and criminal behavior has permeated the entire force and maybe extended to the mayor’s office. Local investigations have already taken place, yet terrible things continue to happen. Sign our petition to demand that the national Attorney General launches a federal investigation into the crimes of this police department.
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
You’ve likely heard of the series of scandals–by which I mean criminal acts and racism–that have taken place within the Oakland Police Department, culminating in three police chiefs stepping down in the space of only nine days. The alleged crimes leading up to this are appalling. The worst is the systematic rape of a victim of human trafficking who was underage at the time. It’s suspected that the Chief of Police at the time was aware of all of this.
The details of this horrific criminal behavior were put into the suicide note of an officer accused of murdering his wife, and it’s suspected that the other officers in the department helped him cover it up. Most recently, racist texts have been found circulating among the department. Now the department can’t seem to keep a police chief. The last one resigned with no explanation.
All of these allegations of terrible crimes and the suspicious cycling of police chiefs point to serious wrongdoing that may extend to the mayor’s office. I urge you to launch a federal investigation into the Oakland Police Department and root out the corruption infesting it.
[Your Name Here]
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