Trump campaign requests removal of peaceful protester, Tulsa police say

TULSA, Okla. — A woman was removed, then arrested Saturday by the request of Trump campaign staff near the BOK Center, Tulsa police said.

Sheila Buck was wearing an “I can’t breathe” T-Shirt, which were some of the last words George Floyd said before dying in police custody in Minneapolis May 25.

Since Floyd’s death, protests against police violence have happened throughout the country.

Police said they spoke to Buck for several minutes trying to convince her to leave on her own, Tulsa police said in a Facebook post.

“After several minutes requesting her to leave she continued to refuse to cooperate and was escorted out of the area and transported to booking for obstruction,” police said on Facebook.

Police said Buck had passed through the metal detector area to the most secure area of the event accessible only to ticket holders.

“Whether she had a ticket or not for the event is not a contributing factor for the Tulsa police in making the arrest,” police said on Facebook.

Police said they would only remove rally goers from the “sterile zone” near the BOK Center only at the direction of Campaign Staff.

Buck’s arrest shocked and upset some, according to ACLU Oklahoma.

“The televised arrest of a Tulsa woman, granted ticketed access to the area surrounding the BOK Center shocked and upset many viewers,” ACLU of Oklahoma said in an emailed statement. “Our office immediately received outreach from people on the ground in Tulsa, and across the world. We share their outrage. While Tulsa Police say they were following orders from the presidential campaign to remove Sheila Buck, and news reports indicate that request was made because of her shirt (a black t-shirt depicting the outline of a person kneeling on another’s neck with the text I Can’t Breathe), the scene was one that felt familiar to those who have encountered Tulsa Police previously or watched their aggressive response to protests over the last several weeks.”

Buck was released from jail around 5 p.m. on a $500 bond, according to jail records.

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