Freshman Republican State Rep. Frederick Frazier, a Dallas police officer who lives in McKinney, is facing more fallout over campaign sign shenanigans perpetrated during last year’s primary elections that resulted in pending criminal charges against him.
Frazier is accused of claiming to be a code compliance officer and vandalizing signs promoting his GOP primary opponent Paul Chabot, charges Frazier has denied.
The Dallas Police Department placed Frazier on administrative leave in June after he was indicted on two felony counts of impersonating a public servant.
Those criminal charges led to an internal investigation of Frazier’s actions.
According to newly obtained documents from the Dallas Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division, investigators found evidence that Frazier committed three violations of Dallas PD’s code of conduct:
- On December 1, 2021, “committed the criminal act of criminal mischief,”
- On June 24, 2022, “brought discredit to the department when he was arrested for impersonating a public servant,” and
- Between December 1, 2021 and February 9, 2022, “caused multiple police incidents to his discredit.”
The documents also cite video evidence showing Frazier at multiple locations where he is accused of committing the crimes. For example:
On December 10, 2021, Senior Corporal Frederick Frazier was observed on video surveillance camera arriving at the 7Eleven convenience store in a silver Ford F-150. Senior Corporal Frazier exited the vehicle, cut the zip ties of a political sign, and threw the sign to the ground. Senior Corporal Frazier re-enters the vehicle and leaves the location.
Investigators mention surveillance videos from Walmart and RaceTrac locations as well, and say Frazier “should be held accountable” for violating the department’s rules of conduct.
“This document sets the record straight,” Chabot said in a statement following release of the Dallas PD Internal Affairs documents. “Prior, we only knew about the two felony indictment circumstances and not this specific video evidence (even identifying his truck). … New information in the file states Frazier was caught on video at multiple locations cutting down my campaign signs.”
Dallas PD investigators say in the documents that the McKinney Police Department was aware of the evidence, as they investigated “multiple incidents” involving Frazier between December 1, 2021, and February 9, 2022. However:
After determining Senior Corporal Frazier was a Texas State Representative District 61 candidate and a former McKinney City Councilman, the investigation was turned over to the Texas Rangers for potential criminal violations.
Frazier served on the McKinney City Council before quitting to run for state office.
His campaign drew endorsements from more than a dozen law enforcement groups, including the McKinney Police Association, as well as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and former President Donald Trump.
Voters knew about the allegations of sign-stealing and impersonating a code compliance officer ahead of the March primary and May primary runoff.
Yet the criminal accusations didn’t deter Frazier’s voters or donors—among them the Dallas Police Officer’s PAC (which he chaired at the time) and other law enforcement associations.
Raking in well over $1 million in campaign contributions, including $172,000 from House Speaker Dade Phelan, Frazier won the May Republican primary runoff against Chabot with 64 percent of the vote.
Frazier then easily defeated a Democrat in November to represent House District 61.
“Frazier lied to all and blamed me in the media for ‘making this up’ and went as far as mailing voters with the same defamatory lies,” Chabot said. “Based on the new finding of video evidence stated in this document, we are awaiting the release of the footage.”
In addition to the alleged criminal acts and subsequent arrest on felony charges, the Dallas Police Department’s Internal Affairs documents note that Frazier failed to notify the department he was under investigation for a felony offense before he was charged.
At the time of his indictment last June, Frazier’s campaign said he was “looking forward to having the opportunity to defend himself in court.”
Once elected, Frazier took advantage of a perk known as legislative continuance to request a delay of court proceedings in his case until June 29, a month after the regular session ends on May 29.
Frazier could continue to delay his trial if Gov. Abbott follows through on threats to call special legislative sessions.