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

The Oakland City Council on Tuesday night was considering a nearly $1 million payment to a teen at the center of a police department sex scandal.

The council hadn't yet voted on the settlement late Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old woman known as "Jasmine," who went by the street name Celeste Guap, said she had sex with multiple officers from the Oakland Police Department as well as other law enforcement agencies around the Bay Area, some when she was underage.

The settlement comes in response to the teen's allegations that officers violated her constitutional rights.

"The settlement will occur with no admission of liability, but obviously if you pay $1 million, you figure you got some responsibility," said John Burris, Jasmine's attorney.

The woman, who is the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher, accused four Oakland police officers of having sex with her when she was a minor.

The case broke in 2015 after Officer Brendan O'Brien killed himself in 2015, leaving behind a note detailing Jasmine's sexual encounters with officers.

"All the facts were talked about, the law was talked about, in terms of Jasmine, how she's doing, what does she think," Burris said. "So all the factors were taken into consideration."

Burris said the original claim asking for $66 million was made by a previous representative of Jasmine.

"I think it is worth settling the case because the amount of money and human pain that we would spend if we went to court and fight this would not be worth it," Council Member Rebecca Kaplan said.

The settlement ends the city's financial liability, but some say it points to the need for a new culture in the Police Department.

"How did we create this culture where so many in the department either were willing to engage in or hide sexual misconduct?" Kaplan said. "It seems we need to rebuild the department with more women and more respect."

Burris said he's considering cases against law enforcement in Livermore, San Francisco, Richmond, Alameda County and Contra Costa County.

In addition to the potential civil cases, a number of law enforcement officers in the Bay Area lost their jobs and some even have been criminally charged in connection with Jasmine.

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