Post Date: Nov 8, 2017

Oakland, CA – Today, Mayor Libby Schaaf issued the following statement:

“First, I want to assure Oakland residents our city remains a proud sanctuary city. We have not strayed from our Oakland values, which honors all residents from all communities, and all immigrants from all countries.

“Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is an individual of immense integrity and professionalism.

“I have met with Chief Kirkpatrick and the federal agents involved in the investigation to develop a thorough understanding about this matter.

“I have not seen anything that calls into question the Chief’s truthfulness or integrity.

“After thorough discussions and review of the documents, I remain convinced this operation was, and is, an ongoing criminal investigation aimed at preventing human trafficking in our city.

“I have great respect for the investigative process and understand it needs to run its course.

“I want Oaklanders to know I stand with Chief Kirkpatrick and have full confidence in her now, just as I always have.”

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JBerton@oaklandnet.com

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