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Oakland mayor faces test amid embarrassing police scandals

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With less than two years in office, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is facing one of the toughest trials of her career as the Police Department provides a seemingly daily dose of embarrassment for her and the city.
   Schaaf, a trained lawyer, is struggling to deal with a sex scandal involving an 18-year-old, self-described sex worker who says she had sexual relationships with Oakland officers, including some when she was underage.
   Officers in the city also have come under scrutiny for exchanging racist text messages.
   Schaaf has denounced the department's "toxic, macho culture" and vowed to root out bad officers.
   However, the department has lost three police chiefs in nine days as Schaaf tries to fix those problems in the long-troubled agency that has been monitored by a federal judge since a 2003 settlement in a civil rights case.
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