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Category: Oklahoma

Bernie Sanders campaign feels “optimistic” about Oklahoma primary election ahead of trips to Norman, Lawton

Josh Vishnaw, a spokesperson for the campaign, said the plan is to use Norman as a launching pad for extreme grassroots organizing in the state. Sanders won Oklahoma’s Democratic primary election by 10 points in 2016.

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Lawton community leaders call for cultural change to police department after “excessive force” incident

Days after neighbors recorded a viral video in which white Lawton police officers were captured beating and choking an unarmed black man, community leaders called for a meeting with the Mayor and Chief of police to demand a transparent investigation into the incident and to push for solutions to the lack of trust between local residents and LPD.

Oklahoma man becomes victim of Lawton Police Department

In the video, the alleged criminal’s face — a man who simultaneously became a victim of police brutality — could visibly be seen with his face shoved into the concrete by one of the officers. The officer’s full weight was on the man’s back, therefore, restricking the man’s ability to breath. The other police officer could be seen forcefully punching the man on the side of the rib cage while yelling obscenities. 

Moms Demand Action Oklahoma collect thousands of signatures

Researchers have suggested that the presence of visible firearms may alter behavior and increase aggressive and violent behaviors.
Multiple studies show that restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons can increase public safety. For example, recent analyses have shown that states with weak standards for concealed carry have higher rates of violent crime and gun homicides than would be expected if the states had stricter standards for public carry.

Plan halted to house migrant kids at Oklahoma Army base

In this July 20, 2019 file photo, protestors march outside Fort Sill in protest of plans to place migrant children at the Army post in Lawton, Okla. State and federal officials say there is no longer a need to detain migrant children at Fort Sill and preparations to house them have stopped. Spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families said in a news release Saturday, July 27, that the decision is because of a decrease in the number of unaccompanied children into the U.S.