Oakland to pay nearly $1 million to teen in police scandal

Oakland City Leaders Consider Nearly-$1M Settlement in Police Sex Scandal

Oakland City Leaders Consider Nearly-$1M Settlement in Police Sex Scandal

"This has been a very, very hard experience for a person her age having to deal with being abused and taken advantage of by a number of police officers", her attorney, John Burris, said.

The Oakland City Council voted Wednesday to push the specified settlement through.

Jasmine Abuslin, the 19-year-old at the center of the Oakland police sex scandal, is set to receive almost $1 million in a settlement.

The former teenage prostitute at the center of the Oakland, Calif. police sex scandal was awarded nearly $1 million on Wednesday to settle her lawsuit against the city.

Oakland's new police chief, Anne Kirkpatrick, who took command of the troubled force in February, has been trying to reform in the wake of the scandal.

The Daily News does not normally identify alleged victims of sexual exploitation, though Jasmine says that she was coming forward to help other victims of mistreatment and wants to be known by her first name.

The scandal also dragged in the Richmond and Livermore police departments and the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.

Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan issued a statement in which she acknowledged that "many are feeling dismay with this gross misconduct that was not only harmful to the then minor, Jasmine, but also that the misconduct will cost taxpayers as well".

During a Wednesday press conference, Abuslin expressed relief in reaction to the settlement, although her lawyer had initially asked for $66 million.

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Jasmine Abuslin will receive close to $1 million from the city of Oakland after claiming multiple cops sexually assaulted her, including when she was underage.

"The settlement occurred with no admission of liability, but obviously if you pay $1 million, you figure you got some responsibility", John Burris told reporters outside court.

The scandal began after the suicide of Brendan O'Brien (left) who killed himself in 2015 after she contacted police to expose him. The vote came after a lengthy city council meeting, much of which focused on Oakland's upcoming two-year budget.

Burris said she still has claims pending against the cities of Livermore and Richmond and Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Brian Bunton is awaiting trial on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly "coaching" the teenager how to be a better prostitute. "And although we know from the facts that more officers than Oakland was involved, certainly Oakland and their officers were pretty intensely and aggressively involved".

Six current and former officers have been charged criminally for their alleged involvement with her. "It was like a cabal that existed in the department where people were passing her around as if she were a kickball or something".

"How did we create this culture where so many in the department either were willing to engage in or hide sexual misconduct?"

Criminal charges have been filed against a number of Oakland officers.

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