We do not really know why. They did not say.
One informed guess that I heard was that the Oakland Police Officer's Association might be more cooperative with the "court" trying to get compliance with the Negotiated Settlement Agreement that should finally move us past the Riders case if they retain control of complaints against the police in police hands.
That means if you have an issue with the police, you have to go to the police to file your complaint.
Seems like only last week, because it was only last week, that the same Mr. Frazier had no objection to the police abuse complaints intake being in citizen hands.
It was City Administrator Deeana Santana who was obstructing this small amount of citizen control of the police. She did not say why either. She just blew off the decisions of our city council and just hijacked the funds set aside for the Citizen's Police Review Board and started to hire new intake officers back inside the Police Department Internal Affairs.
In other words our elected government decided to make this move and she decided to flat out ignore it and nobody told us why.
So we do not know why both Santana and Frazier are blocking this simple reform and over ruling the decision of our elected government. Our police are not in court receivership yet, but it seems that we have lost control anyway.
So the question remains WHO. Who is so damn determined to keep complaints against the police in police hands?
Having such complaints in Internal Affairs hands certainly does not stop the lawsuits. At 58 million dollars over the last 10 reported years of settlement payouts I wonder who the constituency for the status quo oversight could be.
Who was able to sell the idea of undercutting our council to our court appointed compliance director? Isn't he supposed to leading us to a better police force?
Who put the pressure on our city administrator to keep complaints in Internal Affairs?
If we have the support of all of the council and the mayor for the Citizen's Police Review Board, then why is there some kind of resistance? Did Santana and Frazier make these decisions at the request of nobody?
Who has so much pull that they can have this much influence without any of it coming out in the press?
Well, we can guess who and we can guess why.