Protesters affiliated with PUEBLO and the Ella Baker Center attempted to confront Oakland Police Department Compliance Director Tom Frazier at his office on Wednesday.
They have been angry about Frazier’s silence since he made the decision not to assign police intake workers to the Civilian Police Review Board, instead placing them in the Internal Affairs Division of OPD.
The group showed up at his office at 1970 Broadway with a shiny new copy of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, signifying his apparent negative attitude toward community activism in changing how the police department is run. However, the group was instead greeted by officers who had been called to “keep the peace.”
“He is acting more like a fugitive than a police commissioner,” said Rashidah Grinage, PUEBLO’s Executive Director.
Since assigned to help the department meet the tasks set by the Negotiated Settlement Agreement, Grinage believes that Frazier has caused more obstacles and has not helped establish positive police-community relations.