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Outside Firm's Report on OPD Actions, Occupy Oakland Delayed

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Protesters approach police during Occupy Oakland rallies last year.

Oaklanders will not be seeing a report from the Frazier Group about police actions and Occupy Oakland anytime soon. City officials said the volume of work ahead will likely mean the Frazier report due this month will be put off for an unspecified time.

In addition, the delay means the police department will miss a required Negotiated Settlement Agreement deadline on tracking misconduct reports. The requirement for completing the reports is 180 days.

The Frazier Group also will not get a pay raise sought by the City Administrator Deanna Santana.

Under the administration's proposal, the Frazier raise was for $250,000, from $100,000, but can increase in the future for a total amount of $350,000. At a recent City Council meeting, Santana said the volume of work connected to police actions around Occupy Oakland means the long-awaited report from the outside investigation team will be delayed.

During the brief discussion about the pay raise proposal, Councilmembers sounded deeply skeptical about some of the work being conducted by the Frazier Group. Many members said they need additional information about the organization and the work they are now doing for the city.

"I was not prepared to support this (proposal) tonight because there's a lack of information and there were a number of things that concern me," Councilwoman Libby Schaaf said during last week's meeting.

Council's doubts join others from the community, with many raising concerns about the group's connections to the city. The current Frazier agreement, which was signed in December and ends April 30, spells out the specific areas the investigative team will examine.

Frazier and a core three-person group are currently combing through police video, conducting interviews and listening to audio to find out what went wrong in the police response to the Occupy Oakland events.

In the contract, as part of a boilerplate questionnaire, the city asks Thomas Frazier if he has "performed services for the city in any years prior to 19___ ." That box is checked no, despite the fact that Frazier was first brought in as an advisor to Oakland police last October as an advisor on NSA compliance efforts.

Attempts to speak to Santana about the Frazier issue were unsuccessful.

Although the contract does not mention any work connected to OPD's NSA compliance, the NSA was listed a number of times in the pay raise proposal from city staff.

Santana said a supplemental report on the Frazier work will now come before Council on May 1. She said her department is in discussions with federal monitors about the report's delay. She also pledged to address community and Council concerns about the scope of work being done by Frazier.

Source: Oakland Local []

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