Monday Must Read: ‘Social Worker with a Gun’ Takes Over OPD; Police Crack Down on Street Gangs

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Thomas Frazier, a former Baltimore police commissioner who has been described as “a social worker with a gun,” takes effective control of the Oakland Police Department today, the Trib reports. Frazier was appointed by federal Judge Thelton Henderson, and as OPD’s compliance director, will have sweeping powers over the department in an effort to finally get it to live up to court-mandated reforms. Frazier may, however, clash with Oakland’s new police consultant, William Bratton, the former head of the New York and Los Angeles police departments, because Frazier is known for eschewing “zero tolerance” policing policies and downplaying the importance of minor drug crimes.

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