“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.
“The learning line is the difference between people who have access to educational opportunities that push them forward — towards their promise, and for the group of people who do not have access to educational opportunities, this LevelUp initiative actually pushes families from below the learning line to above the learning line, so that they now have the opportunity to make it to their place of promise,” Pastor Dr. Ray A. Owens of the Met Cares said.
With Mayor Bynum holding interviews for the new Chief of Police, the public safety and service of Tulsa’s most vulnerable communities affected by regressive policing must be put at the forefront.
Several speakers from the community tried to explain to Mayor Bynum why the show was problematic and divisive for a city seeking to heal old racial wounds.
Shelley Cadamy, who stated she is a mother of three children of color, pleaded that the new Chief of Police promotes a culture of “restorative justice rather than punitive punishment,” for all Tulsa citizens
Richard Z. Baxter turned himself into the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center just before 1:30 PM today but has already posted bail and faces possible charges for intimidating a witness due to client’s actions.
In 2003, my beloved brother shot himself with a gun. He did not make it. His death took an immense toll on my mother, my family members and me. Gun violence has permanently altered my life.