The sudden resignation of the Oakland police chief is being reported by local media as a “shocking development.” Many city officials say they are saddened to learn of the chief’s departure.
Sources say Sean Whent submitted his resignation Thursday under pressure, but no reason was given for the 19-year vet’s sudden exit. He was chief of Oakland Police for two years, Mercury News reported.
Under his watch, the dept came under intense criticism for its handling of an underage sex scandal involving a police dispatcher’s daughter.
The internal affairs dept also came under questioning after an Oakland police officer killed himself in September and left a note naming officers who were involved with the woman at the center of this investigation.
CBS San Francisco reported that the young woman– who’s now 18 or 19 — started revealing details of her relationships with officers on her Facebook page. She claims to have had sex with ‘dozens of officers’ starting when she was 16 years old.
One of four officers being investigated for a case involving “forcible sodomy” on the young woman, will not face charges.
A Contra Costa County prosecutor said there was “insufficient evidence” to charge Terryl Smith with a crime stemming from the Feb. 1 incident…in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in Richmond, SF Gate reported. Smith and a second officer resigned in the wake of the scandal and two others remain on paid administrative leave.
The announcement about Smith by the head of the sexual assault unit at the county DA’s office came ‘just hours’ before the shocking announcement about the chief’s resignation.
It’s not clear if the ongoing investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct had anything to do with Whent’s resignation.
“I am so proud to have served Oakland over the course of my two decade-long career,” Whent said in a statement.
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