Category: Local

Opinion: Black Tulsans must be ready to record police, Live PD encounters at any time

While Tulsa’s Mayor attempts to publicize himself as a champion for black massacre victims on one hand and a champion for police on the other, black North Tulsans seeking reprieve from further transgressions by local government will have to use the only effective weapon at their disposal: cell phone video.


Tulsa leaders demand end to Live PD and request role in new Police Chief search

“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.”

The 77 Recommendations on Community Policing Revisited 3 years later

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.