Tulsa police, FOX23 Crew attacked with fireworks

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Updated: 7/09/2012 9:59 am Published: 7/06/2012 8:12 am

Tulsa police are beefing up patrols after a police officer and a FOX23 News crew were attacked with fireworks late Thursday night.

"Our concern at this point is more resolving the disputes that are occurring out there so we can make sure that no one else or property are targeted,” said Sergeant Ali Mauer.

The attack brought out the police helicopter and officers with riot gear.

FOX23 News was reporting on a home near 63rd and North Cincinnati that had been hit with roman candles on Wednesday night. Police were already in the area for a separate call, that’s when someone shot a firework at police and FOX23 News.

FOX23 reporter Dontaye Carter was hit in the back of the head. A firework also hit an officer.  Both of them will be ok. 

However, it’s an indication of how bad it’s getting in some parts of Tulsa between police and citizens.

Just moments before the attack the neighborhood lit up, with fireworks hitting a police patrol car.

To help difuse the situation, police loaded their pepper ball guns. Video shows the officers never fired a round.

"Go home. Get out of my street. You are in my street. This belongs to the city of Tulsa. Get out of it,” said an officer.

Video shows the neighbors appearing to act above the law and no respect for authority or FOX23 News.

Neighbor: "This is my family."
Police: “Get your family home.”
Neighbor: “I do care.”
Police: “Go home, go home. "
Neighbor: “You go home.”
Police: “It's my job to be here.”
Neighbor: “No, ya'll go home."

Earlier in the week neighbors had been warned.

"We know we can't be shooting fireworks in the city of Tulsa?" said Sergeant Mark Wollmershauser on Wednesday.

On Independence Day, FOX23 News went on a ride-a-long with officers.

Wollmershauser stopped to talk to a family in the same Northgate neighborhood about their kid setting off a firework.

“I am just letting you know because I could have given you a ticket. I would rather give you a heads up that it's illegal,” said Wollmershauser to the neighbor.

This week there was two other incidents in the Northgate neighborhood.

On Tuesday night, a Roman Candle battle busted a window, caught a home on fire and the suspects broke into the home.  On Wednesday night, a firework busted a window in a child’s room.

Police said when firefighters arrived on Thursday night they initially stayed back because the neighborhood was too hostile.

“These people are definitely using them as a weapon. Shooting them at each other and shooting them at homes,” said Mauer.

Police said this is an ongoing battle that spurred from a small neighborhood fued.

"People feel very passionately for neighborhood disputes,” said Mauer.

During the day it’s quiet and Sgt. Mauer said there are rarely any problems.

After last night’s incident she went to the neighbors involved and talked them about what happened.

Despite a verbal truce, extra patrols will be in full force in the Northgate neighborhood.

Police are still investigating Thursday night’s incident. No one was arrested but someone was cited for malicious mischief for the previous night’s firework attack on a home.

Fireworks are illegal and if you are caught possessing or lighting off fireworks you can be fined $500.

On Friday night the Mayor’s Bridges of Faith held an event in north Tulsa where Tulsa Police, the mayor’s wife and former NFL players and brothers Shawn and Jerome King spoke about overcoming poverty, gangs and oppression.

Bridges of Faith is a project Mayor Dewey Bartlett started to build relationships with police and churches and to provide positive activities in the summer.

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aleman - 7/12/2012 6:51 PM
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Excuse me if I am wrong but libertarian ideals of gov't are based on Jeffersons' theory of democracy.The theory is that the gov't should have a very,very limited hand in our lives.They work for us not us for them.They should be held to a high standard.That's why I rag on them all the time,I feel like most crime prevention is revenue based and not concerned with true crime prevention.The police with hands tied and quotas sometimes as we humans will,get extremely frustrated and overreact to certain situations and make the 6 o'clock news and then everyone judges the whole law enforcement by the actions of a few.

aleman - 7/12/2012 6:08 PM
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I too consider myself to be a libertarian,I too have issues with the gov't and people who work for them overstepping their bounds ,an unchecked police force is very dangerous,but a police force with hands tied is equally dangerous .I still don't know what you are getting at but I still feel it is a break down of mankind when people act like this.I worry we won't last very long if we don't have some kind of order.My remarks are in response to the damn free for all drug and crime problem we have I feel our city gov't has turned a blind eye to it.I don't know how long you have lived here but there is a distinct ruling class here in Tulsa that doesn't take criticism well.Open up your eyes it might shock you.

Libertarian - 7/12/2012 2:20 PM
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Right or wrong aside I think it's pretty stupid to throw fireworks at the cops. But my comment wasn't related to the ethics of hurling fireworks at police...it was directed to your earlier remarks on this story and website.

aleman - 7/11/2012 4:21 PM
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Answer the question:Is it right to throw fireworks at the police?Yes or No.Simple.

aleman - 7/11/2012 4:16 PM
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But its still ok to throw fireworks at the police?

Libertarian - 7/11/2012 2:22 PM
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Aleman maybe Tulsa wouldn't have such a huge meth problem if the Tulsa Police quit selling it? I don't understand your arguments that being critical of police is something "liberals" do. Perhaps the other trolls under the bridge or KRMG's radio station can explain it better. Signed, Not a liberal. (Libertarian)

aleman - 7/11/2012 1:44 PM
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And why uh...why would you want to throw blackcats at the police?

ghostbuster - 7/11/2012 4:51 AM
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Note to self..... don't throw blackcats at police man

aleman - 7/10/2012 3:40 PM
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Let the cop hating thing go for a second ,think in those shriveled, liberal minds what is right about this gang of cowards attacking the police?Am I missing something here?

itiswhatitis - 7/10/2012 1:24 AM
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You know, I just got out of the military. Spent 5 years as an MP conducting law enforcement on ft bliss and some other parts of the world. Never have I encounted a more rude, unprofessional bunch of police officers. I asked a tulsa cop near utica the other night for directions and he told me to map quest it. I'm sorry but I pay taxes that pay your salary. For you to throw attitude in my face is like spitting in your employers face. Tulsa police get out of OUR city we dont want you here. You do more harm than good. You're officers are to gung ho on kicking someones butt then Protecting and ASSISTING. So if you dont want to do your job which over half of you dont. Then turn in your pistol belt and pick up a spatula because half of you barely have the brains to flip burgers anyways.
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