Judge grants restraining order against police chief accused of threatening to kill her daughter’s pimp

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RICHMOND, CA – A Judge in California has granted a restraining order against Richmond Police Chief Bisa French and her husband, Oakland Police Sergeant Lee French. 

Why? 

Because her daughter and alleged pimp have claimed the two have harassed and threatened them. 

Both the Chief and her husband have been placed on administrative leave while the case works itself out.

The French’s 18-year-old daughter made allegations that her parents have both threatened to kill her and her 33-year-old boyfriend.

Beyond the fact that the boyfriend is probably too old for the daughter by most standards, allegedly the French’s believe that her boyfriend is also utilizing her as a sex worker.

According to KTVU, there may be some truth to the French’s allegations as the boyfriend, Oho McNair, AKA Joe Goldman, has recently been charged in criminal court in Alameda County with “pimping and pandering.”

The unnamed daughter claims that she has been the victim of violence from her parents.  She claimed that during an incident in September, both of the French’s utilized a ‘police hold’ in order to gain control of her and pin her to the ground. Allegedly, during this argument, the French’s made several verbal threats to harm or kill both their daughter and McNair.

Chief French’s attorney, Michael Rains, denies that there was any wrongdoing on behalf of the couple, but rather, they were acting as parents in attempts to protect their daughter. 

Rains claim that McNair has somehow taken control of the French’s daughter and has convinced her to sell her body for sex.

Raines alleged that the French’s have never threatened to harm anyone and suspects McNair of being the one to make up the allegation.  He said:

“No doubt [McNair] concocted these allegations himself, and she signed them.”

Additionally, another incident in which the French’s have alleged to have potentially committed crimes is being investigated by the Vallejo Police Department. 

Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams notified the Oakland Police Department of the investigation.  Some took issue with the notification, perhaps believing that Williams was somehow trying to sweep matters under the rug. 

In his defense, Williams told KTVU:

“As the chief of police, when an incident occurs in Vallejo which involves police officers employed by another department, it is my responsibility to contact the employing department to inform them of accusations involving one of their members, so the employing agency can launch an internal affairs investigation.”

Williams statement is accurate in terms of notifying the employing agency so some action could be taken. 

This is mainly to give that police chief or sheriff the ability to determine if the subject officer(s) need to be removed from duty while the investigation is proceeding.

Whether or not the French’s are found to have committed any violations of law or policy is yet to be determined. 

However, family situations like this are difficult for all of those involved, it is even worse when the sordid details are thrown out into the media for all to see.

The City of Richmond seemingly understands the dynamics of this situation and has only commented publicly that they have suspended their Police Chief with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. 

They have refrained from making any further comments because the investigation is ongoing and out of respect for the French family.

The City of Oakland has also confirmed that Sergeant French has been suspended from the agency at this time with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.  They have stated that they will make no other comments until the investigation is complete.

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Defunding the police: Police chief resigns after three months on the job, citing budget issues and lacking resources

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Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

MORRISON, CO – After only having held the position for three months, the Morrison Police chief has handed in her resignation. In the chief’s resignation letter, she pointed to issues ranging from lacking resources to budgetary issues.

 

In her October 7th letter, Chief Misty Siderfin cited a list of grievances that have prompted her to resign from her position as police chief.

In her resignation letter, Chief Siderfin said she’s “unable to continue within this role due to the limited resources, lack of financial stability and budgeting for the Police Department, demands for the police department to support its own budget, lack of transparency, and extremely low numbers of quality applicants for the current vacancies.”

In August, Chief Siderfin requested the Town Board to approve a six-month contract with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement services to Morrison while she rebuilt the Morrison Police Department – as the department had lost several officers to other agencies in an effort to seek higher pay.

This past September, officers’ salaries did get a bump from $43,000 to $55,000 annually, and Chief Siderfin went to work advertising open positions for three officers, a detective, and a sergeant position. However, out of the five positions advertised, there are only seven applicants total that are progressing to phone interviews.

With the chief’s recently handed in resignation, it’s unclear whether the interview processes for those seven applicants will move forward.

 

Chief Siderfin was hired on as the Morrison Police chief back in early July, with her having boasted a strong resume rife with relevant qualifications and a strong background in community policing.

Not to mention, she also totes experience in the realm of building up smaller police departments from the ground up – as she did the same feat back in 2019 in the town of Severance. But clearly, the issues afflicting her current department have left an unsavory impact on Chief Siderfin.

However, with her leaving the role on October 21st, town officials haven’t crafted a means to navigate the void she’ll be leaving.

Kara Winters, Morrison’s town manager, has yet to comment on the matter or the issues raised in Chief Siderfin’s resignation letter.

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