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Report: Tiff with mayor led to judge’s sanctions threat against Oakland

Friday, April 12, 2013

That scolding and threat of sanctions against Oakland officials this week by U. S . District Judge Thelton Henderson for their not cooperating with the compliance director he put in charge of Oakland police is being pegged to a “tiff” involving Mayor Jean Quan. That’s what the Oakland Tribune’s Matthew Artz reports today, citing resistance by Quan to compliance director Thomas Frazier at a recent meeting. The bone of contention, he says: Frazier’s insistence that OPD step up its policing of the city’s pawn shops.

Neither Quan nor Frazier are talking publicly about it. If true, it could portend that Frazier’s role in OPD affairs will, indeed, go beyond merely ensuring that the department complies with long-overdue court-ordered reforms. Oakland Tribune

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