City of Tulsa cancels weekend curfew for downtown area ahead of President Trump’s rally

City of Tulsa cancels weekend curfew for downtown area ahead of President Trump’s rally
The BOK Tower in Downtown Tulsa. (Staff)

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa officials say there is no longer a curfew in effect for downtown ahead of President Trump’s visit on Saturday.

UPDATE 6/19/2020:

Tulsa police said on Thursday, Mayor GT Bynun, under the advisement of Federal Authorities, put a portion of downtown Tulsa under a curfew for the safety of civilians who were coming to attend President Trump’s rally and those who were wanting to demonstrate.

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Friday, after discussing it with President Trump, Mayor Bynum decided to rescind his Executive Order.

In lieu of the Executive Order, a secure zone has been established by the United States Secret Service in cooperation with the Tulsa Police Department and multiple law enforcement agencies. This limited-access secure zone gives all law enforcement the ability to keep the area clear of individuals that are only present to break the law and disrupt the rights of people assembling peacefully.

The department said they appreciate everyone’s patience as they work to ensure the safety of all.

“Last night, I enacted a curfew at the request of Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin, following consultation with the United States Secret Service based on intelligence they had received,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “Today, we were told the curfew is no longer necessary so I am rescinding it.”

They said they say they are still aware that buses of protesters may be brought in tonight and they will have officers around the perimeter to secure it and keep campers safe.

Original story 6/18/2020:

Tulsa police said on Facebook that the curfew will be in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday, then continue into Sunday. If people refuse to leave the area, they may be cited or arrested, police said.

Restrictions for the curfew as outlined in the Executive Order:

Curfew Restrictions

1. People are prohibited from walking, running, loitering, standing or motoring upon any alley, street, highway, public property, sidewalk, or vacant premises within the boundaries indicated above, except for official designated duty in response to the emergency, providing public safety services, or going to or from a place of residence or work.

2. The manufacture, transfer, use, possession or transportation of a Molotov cocktail or any other device, instrument or object designed to explode or produce uncontained combustion is prohibited within the limits of the City of Tulsa.

3. The transporting, possessing or using of gasoline, kerosene, or combustible, flammable, or explosive liquids or materials in a glass or uncapped container of any kind is prohibited within the limits of the City of Tulsa, except in connection with the normal operation of motor vehicles, normal home use or legitimate commercial use.

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