Oakland police chief speaks out, hires a lawyer after being placed on administrative leave

Oakland Police Officer LeRonne Armstrong has hired a lawyer and plans to speak publicly for the first time Monday morning after the mayor placed him on administrative leave over the weekend. ago.

Armstrong has scheduled a press conference for 11 am

In addition to a lawyer, Armstrong has also hired Sam Singer, who heads a well-known telecommunications company to help him.

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Armstrong’s actions came after he was impeached by Mayor Sheng Thao left thursday, after an investigation by an outside law firm found that Armstrong had failed to properly handle two serious incidents involving an Oakland police sergeant, and some of his leaders they underestimated the fact that he was involved in a hit-and-run and shot his gun. go inside the OPD freight elevator.

On Saturday, Sheng told reporters that putting Armstrong on vacation doesn’t mean he did anything wrong and it’s not an excuse. penalty.

He said he is waiting to review more data from the study to know what to do – a study, he emphasized, was launched during the administration of Mayor Libby Schaaf.

The investigation came at the behest of Robert Warshaw, an independent federal monitor responsible for ensuring that the police of Oakland meet the changes and does not work for any city office but a federal judge.

“We’re still waiting for more data,” Thao said. “It is our understanding that many more documents will be coming in the near future, and therefore, until we have the full picture to review, I cannot stand here and tell you. a decision has been made.”

Thao said, for now he cannot say what will happen in the future of Armstrong’s work at the Oakland Police Department.

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