Oakland leaders, residents react to leadership shake-up at Oakland Police Department

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Oakland residents and city leaders are responding to another change at the top of the police department. (KGO-TV)

Oakland residents and city leaders are responding to another change at the top of the police department.

The department has now seen three chiefs in nine days after the newest scandal involving racist texts.

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Oakland city administrator Sabrina Landreth is now in charge of the Oakland police, the fourth person to oversee the department in nine days.

City leader are still reeling from a growing sex scandal in the Oakland police department. At least 14 officers may have had an inappropriate relationship with a teenager who goes by the name Celeste Guap.

More are implicated in other nearby departments. Then another scandal involving a homicide Sgt., who could face charges according to the East Bay Express for allowing his mistress to help write police reports. A clearly disgusted Oakland mayor issued an ultimatum Friday.

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"To root out what is clearly a toxic, macho culture," Schaaf said.

Oakland city councilmember Noel Gallo is ready to just have federal regulators take over running OPD.

"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.

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Young people volunteering on the streets of Fruitvale say the unfolding scandals are a breach of trust.

"I'm really sad about it," said one Oakland resident.

An outreach coordinator for sex trafficking victims is appalled

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"Even if a cop were to approach them they'd be accused of messing around with us. So it's kind of weird right now, the position the cops are in dealing with the prostitute," said Sylvia Vigil of Victory Outreach

Not only will Oakland have to recruit a new chief, but they will have to look long and hard at how they're recruiting police officers.
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