Published 06/29/2020 | Reading Time 1 min 51 sec
By BWSTimes Staff
TULSA, Okla. — Jared Lindsey, the chairmen of the board, for the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, issued a statement implying the shootings of two Tulsa Police officers was caused by the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a press release, Lindsey said, “…we can’t help see the work of the national anti-police narrative here. Enough is enough,” and “we must recognize the real impact of anti-police rhetoric and take real action to stop violence against police.”
The man, who allegedly shot two Tulsa Police officers during a Monday morning traffic stop, is identified as David Anthony Ware, who shot one of the officers three times. Both received gunshot wounds to the head and torso. Ware is White and was arrested without injury.
Our staff did a search of Ware’s various social media platforms and couldn’t find evidence leading our staff to believe that Ware is involved with a Black Lives Matter chapter or sympathizes with the movement.
The two officers remain in critical condition.
Many in Tulsa’s African-American community shared their sympathies for the Tulsa officers.
“Those of us pushing for police reform are praying for and with the officers shot today. Dismantling flaws systems does not mean dehumanizing individuals. Just because we fight for the blue to be better doesn’t mean we don’t back it. Do not paint movements pushing for police reform as Anti-Police. That is false. prayers up,” Tyrance Billingsley II said in response to Lindsey’s post.