Despite the teenage-titter-worthy quality of the Matier and Ross headline ("Oakland cops probing two councilwomen at protest"), this isn't actually a story about sexual assault. The OPD is going after council members Jean Quan and Rebecca Kaplan for what they see as interfering with police work the night of the Johannes Mehserle verdict protest last week. Quan and Kaplan were part of a human shield keeping protesters from reaching police, but also preventing the riot cops from breaking through and advancing on some protesters.
Kaplan sees what she was doing as helping "prevent things from escalating," but the cops are dogging her about this because a) she's running for mayor, and b) she gave a television interview at one point while her arms were locked in the human shield.
Watch her here, still gussied up in her suit prior to the protest beginning, speaking with the Bay Citizen.