OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — Oakland Police Department Chief LeRonne Armstrong was placed on administrative leave Thursday afternoon, KRON4 has learned.
The news comes out after court documents filed Wednesday looked into two incidents of misconduct committed by one OPD sergeant. The document says OPD tried to “minimize the severity of the officer’s misconduct.”
One incident being investigated is the officer crashing his OPD Chevy Tahoe into a parked car at the parking garage of his San Francisco residence in March 2021. It was determined that the officer was with a female OPD officer whom he had a relationship with at the time. The relationship was not reported to OPD superiors or command staff, which is a violation.
The other incident, which happened in April 2022, was the officer firing his service weapon in an elevator at the OPD Administration Building.
Neither incident was initially reported to a supervising officer, according to the documents. Independent investigators found that there were “systemic deficiencies” in OPD’s ability to investigate misconduct of its officers.
Armstrong became OPD’s police chief in February 2021. He was appointed by then-Mayor Libby Schaaf. Armstrong is a native of Oakland and graduated from McClymonds High School. Armstrong joined OPD as a police officer in 1999.
Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao released a statement regarding the decision to place Armstrong on paid administrative leave. Thao, along with City Administrator Ed Reiskin, released this statement below. Continue reading for more reaction from local leaders.
Mayor Sheng Thao
“The decision was not taken lightly, but we believe that it is critical for the safety of our community that we build trust and confidence between the Department and the public. We must have transparency and accountability to move forward as a safer and stronger Oakland. Oakland and its Police Department have taken the negotiated settlement agreement very seriously and undertaken a number of steps to improve our systems for accountability and transparency. As part of that resolve, we have to hold officers accountable when they violate the public trust.”
Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan
“The Independent Monitor’s report proves that investigations of police misconduct should be handled independently and by civilians. OPD should not be in charge of investigating themselves. Council has previously voted tor that change.”
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