House bill to be named after fallen Tulsa police sergeant

TULSA, Okla. — Legislation in the works to combat copper wire theft in Oklahoma is going to be renamed for Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson, the Oklahoma House of Representatives announced Friday.

Johnson died in a shooting during a traffic stop in east Tulsa on June 29.

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Johnson represented the “Tulsa lead” on a statewide coalition for legislation and policies about copper wire theft in Oklahoma. The coalition is led by Rep. Carol Bush.

Bush says Johnson contributed with valuable insight from his 15-year career with the Tulsa Police Department.

“Sergeant Johnson would often work a double shift and drive down for coalition meetings or legislative committee meetings,” Bush says.

“The only thing he asked for in return was a fresh cup of coffee to make it back home.”

Bush says she will refile the legislation in the upcoming legislative session and rename the bill in his honor.

The original bill, House Bill 3031, was passed by the House prior to their session being interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.