“The renewal of this contract is a blight on our city, citizens and police force,” community leaders say.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society will recognize Tulsa-area students who won art, dance, essay and oratorical contests at a special Student Award Ceremony to take place this Friday, January 17, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave.
The tour also hosts daily fireside discussions and a startup pitch competition in which $500,000 will be invested from the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund.
Tulsa Debate League is one of twenty-one Oklahoma organizations that are now finalists for a $10,000 award and the title of the state’s top nonprofit, thanks to the prestigious Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards, presented annually by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.
“All my community wants is accountability, transparency, and fairness,” District 1 city councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper said before adding, “Despite what has been said, District 1 is not anti-Police. We welcome good policing. We want to work with our law enforcement. We want to build trust, but we cannot do that without transparency and cooperation from city leadership — from the Mayor in this process.”
Nothing has actually changed in policing, TPD’s policies and Tulsa’s city government from 2017 — when I first began closely examining Tulsa’s community policing efforts — till now. All of the efforts that the public sees were planned behind the scenes by activists and citizens who would not and will not be silent because their community is over-policed, scrutinized, and portrayed as being a “high crime” area on television shows like Live PD.
“Live PD exploits Tulsa’s citizens,” a Tulsa citizen loudly declared at Mayor G.T. Bynum’s Town Hall listening input session to select a new Chief of Police for Tulsa.