TULSA, Okla. — A weekend of peaceful protests in Tulsa ended Sunday in a handful of violent acts toward businesses after official, organized protests had ended.
Organizers of Saturday’s #WeCantBreathe protest in Tulsa held their news conference with leaders from Tulsa’s black community Monday to talk about the weekend’s protests their demands for the city:
Organizers said over the weekend they wanted to meet with Bynum to address these demands:
- Initiate the police oversight he promised with the implementation of a strong OIM modeled after Denver
- Settle the cases against the city for the families of Terence Crutcher, Joshua Barre and Joshua Harvey families
- Initiate a greater investment in mental health training and supports in TPD practices through a decreased investment in efforts utilizing force.
- Immediately end the city’s contract with LIVE PD
As of 1:58 p.m. on Monday, Mayor Bynum had agreed to end the city’s partnership with LIVE PD. Bynum says they will not renew the contract when the current one ends. He says he is open to an alternative and will announce one in the coming weeks.
Organizers met with Bynum right after their news conference ended.
Bynum and Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin canceled their plans for a news conference Monday after the meeting with protest organizers.
During the meeting, Bynum told organizers if Tulsa City Council passed the ordinance for an Office of Independent Monitor he would sign it.
Bynum and Franklin say they agree that if a situation like that of the George Floyd killing happened in Tulsa, they would move the case of firing involved officers to an arbitrator immediately.
Franklin says he will commit to meeting with small groups to talk about police use of force.
Bynum told organizers he won’t commit to canceling the city’s contract with LivePD -- saying he wants a way to show police are doing their jobs.
The #WeCantBreathe protest organizers are not the group who organized Sunday’s protests that led to a standoff with Tulsa police in the Brookside neighborhood.
Organizers say there aren’t planned protests for Monday afternoon.
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