Oakland Police Chief Investigating Officers' Visit to Alleged Brothel

Two Oakland police officers were filmed visiting a bar that some say is a brothel.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012  |  Updated 2:08 PM PDT
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OPD Chief Investigating Officers' Visit To Brothel

Jodi Hernandez

Just how close to Cafe Juliet are two police officers who visited the downtown bar?

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Was it an undercover investigation, or merely under covers?

 Two of Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan's officers were filmed making visits to a downtown karaoke bar that supposedly doubles as a brothel, according to the Oakland Tribune. And now Jordan aims to find out why.
 
Cafe Juliet was staked out by a television station when crews learned that a Port of Oakland official spent port funds there, according to the newspaper. During the stakeout, the station filmed Oakland police officers - identified as Sgt. Warren Young and Officer Barry Ko  - allegedly making repeat visits, the newspaper reported.
 
When pressed, Ko and Young said they were either visiting friends who worked there or performing security checks, the newspaper reported.
 
Neither officer is suspended, but both are being investigated, according to Jordan.
 
Cafe Juliet is a legitimate business that serves mostly Chinese patrons, according to manager John Chang. The business at 266 14th Street, four blocks from City Hall, has not been a target of police activity. 
 
An anonymous tip alleging prostitution there was received two years ago, and over the past three years, the bar has generated three calls for service, according to the newspaper.
 

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