A widening police department scandal has now forced the third resignation of Oakland’s top cop.
Chief Paul Figueroa resigned Friday among a sex scandal that has rocked the Oakland Police Department. The department’s command staff now will report to City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, the Los Angeles Timesreports.
Since June 9, three police chiefs have been fired or resigned.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff gave a news conference on Friday to reporters. Visibly frustrated, she said, “As the mayor of Oakland, I am here to run a police department, not a frat house. Today continues to be a day where we are sharing disturbing information with you,” according to the Times.
Schaff said she would continue to work to dissolve the OPD of its “toxic, macho culture.”
Figueroa resigned just a few days after he was appointed on Wednesday. He succeeded Chief Ben Fairow, who took charge after former Chief Sean Whent stepped down when the sex scandal broke.
The young woman involved in the scandal said she engaged in sexual relations with over a dozen officers for several years, even while she was underage. She said she also had sex with other law enforcement officials from the Bay Area.
Two officers have resigned and three were placed on administrative leave since news of the scandal broke.
These sexual misconduct allegations come in the midst of another troubling revelation: members of the department engaged in texts that were racist and discriminatory.
According to the Los Angeles Times, during the press conference Schaff said several African-American officers sent and received texts that were “wholly inappropriate and not acceptable from anyone who wears the badge of the Oakland Police Department.”
Oakland Councilman Noel Gallo called for a federal investigation into the sex scandal and the discriminatory allegations.
“What occurred this past week and what is going to occur next week is really in terms of confidence, trust, in terms of leadership is certainly, we’re going to will be in the great debate from the mayor to the council and anyone who’s a government employee,” Gallo said in an interview with radio station KGO-AM.
Schaff said an internal investigation into the text message scandal would be completed in two weeks.