Member of Oakland Police Department placed on administrative leave in new investigation

OAKLAND (KTVU)— A member of the Oakland Police Department has been has been placed on administrative leave and is subject to an investigation of alleged criminal misconduct.

The office of Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth made the announcement Thursday evening, but stressed it is new and separate from the ongoing investigation of OPD officers involved in a sexual misconduct scandal involving a teenage sex worker.

The mayor’s office said they became aware of these new allegations Saturday, June 11 and quickly turned over the investigation to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office the following day.

An outside investigator has been retained in the case to conduct an internal affairs investigation. That investigation is running parallel to the DA’s criminal investigation, according to the mayor’s office.

The mayor’s office provided the following statement:

“We are still not at liberty to discuss details of any ongoing investigation without risking compromise of the investigation and potentially jeopardizing our efforts to hold wrongdoers accountable.  However, given the current climate we felt it necessary to make this announcement. This is an effort to reassure the public that we are taking swift action to address every instance of misconduct. Oakland residents and the good men and women in the Oakland Police Department who nobly serve this community deserve nothing less.”