TULSA, Okla. — Timeline of protests on Saturday:
(4:45 p.m.) Protesters have headed back to the Brookside area after learning that Mayor Bynum and his family left their home. The protest has ended near All Souls Unitarian Church on South Peoria.
(3:52 p.m.) Mayor Bynum and his family left their home. Protesters have decided to turn around and are no longer heading toward the Mayor’s home. They are now headed back to the Brookside area.
(3:23 p.m.) Protesters are now heading toward Mayor G.T. Bynum’s home. They say they will continue to protest until he agrees to meet with them on Monday.
They are asking the city for four things: they want a police oversight committee, several lawsuits settled including one involving the shooting of Terence Crutcher, greater investment in mental health training for the Tulsa Police Department, and the immediate end of the city’s contract with “Live PD”.
(2:20 p.m.) One protester has been hit by a car after the march moved to I-44. I-44 is shut down westbound towards Riverside.
Hundreds have gathered Saturday in Tulsa’s Brookside neighborhood to call for justice and reform in light of police violence happening throughout the country.
Peaceful protesters led by Reverend Robert Turner and Tiffany Crutcher marched along Peoria Avenue from 41st Street to 34th Street in response to the recent killing of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer.
Tiffany Crutcher is Terence Crutcher’s sister, who was shot and killed by Tulsa police in 2016.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.
Chauvin was charged for kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he pleaded for air is accused of ignoring another officer who was worried that the handcuffed black man should be rolled onto his side.
Since Floyd’s death, dozens of protests and rallies have popped up in major cities calling for justice.
“The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have reignited a recognition of the ongoing, relentless brutality of racism in America and have initiated a renewed uprising in the call for justice and true reform,” the organizers of the rally “We Cant’ Breathe” said in a press release.
Oklahoma Congressman Kevin Hern told FOX23 that he hopes everyone can come together peacefully.
“I hope we have a better example in Tulsa than what we’ve seen in some of the bigger cities in the last few days,” Hern said. “I think when you see with the new police chief, and what he’s done trying to bring everyone back together. I think it’s important we all do come together. Try to love one another instead of try to hurt one another.”
During the protest, organizers said they are calling on Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum for police oversight, and to initiate a greater investment in mental health training and support in police practices through a decreased investment in efforts utilizing force, among other requests.
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