Ten members of the community group PUEBLO and the head of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights paid a visit to the office of Oakland police federal overseer Thomas Frazier Tuesday trying to get a face-to-face meeting.
But Frazier, a former Baltimore police commissioner, apparently wasn't there. No one answered at the unmarked office door at 1970 Broadway. Three police officers, who said they were dispatched to "protect the peace," kept an eye on 10 adults and one baby in a stroller standing outside Frazier's ninth floor office.
PUEBLO members have been upset with Frazier since he overturned a City Council directive that would have moved the task of in-taking of internal affairs complaints against officers outside the police department.
The group's executive director Rashidah Grinage said Frazier has since rejected requests to discuss the ruling as well as the city's search for a new police chief and director for the Civilian Police Review Board.
Frazier was hired by a federal judge earlier this year at a cost to taxpayers of more than $300,000. His job is to get the city to comply with court-ordered reforms designed to help the department better police itself.
"For a third of a million dollars, Mr. Frazier ought to be able to meet with the community," Grinage said. "It's our money that is paying him and the fact that he refuses to meet with anyone is unconscionable and unacceptable."
Ronald Yank, an attorney who works in Frazier's office, said Grinage did not return Frazier's call after he overruled the council on internal affairs complaints. He also said that Frazier receives many meeting requests.
"If we met with every decent energetic community group or person who wanted to meet with (Frazier), we never would get anything done," Yank said.