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Nine Oakland Police Department Officers Disciplined For ‘Sexist’ and ‘Racist’ Social Media Posts

Oakland police, in riot gear, at a street demonstration.
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Oakland police officers, in riot gear, at a street demonstration.

The City of Oakland announced that nine police officers are being disciplined for their misuse of social media.A former Oakland Police officer had created an instagram account, under the handle “crime reduction team.”

According to the Oakland Police Department, this instagram account posted racist memes, ranging from making jokes about rape to police brutality.

An investigation led by the Oakland Police Department resulted in the confiscation of 140 Oakland Police Department phones.

City of Oakland investigators found other offensive material on the phones confiscated from the officers. That material engaged in sexual harassment and violations of Oakland’s workplace standards.

As a result, nine officers ranking from officer to lieutenant were placed on an unpaid suspension lasting from three to 25 days.According to the city, two of the disciplined officers have since taken positions at other law enforcement agencies.

Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked has in print, radio, television, and web journalism.