Tulsa protest organizer speaks out against violent demonstrations

Protest organizer speaks out on violent protests

TULSA, Okla. — The woman who led Sunday’s peaceful protest in the Greenwood District spoke out Tuesday about the recent unlawful assemblies in Tulsa

Tykebrean Cheshier says that it’s dumbing down all the work that she and other local activists are doing to create change.

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Cheshier has led several protests over the years in Tulsa and says these ones are a lot different and she believes that COVID-19 plays a part in in it.

She says she thinks people have been cooped up for too long and are using the protests as an excuse to get their anger out.

Tykebrean Cheshier spoke out Tuesday about the violent protests that she says are not the message her and other organizers are trying to send - June 2, 2020
Tykebrean Cheshier spoke out Tuesday about the violent protests that she says are not the message her and other organizers are trying to send - June 2, 2020 (FOX23)

“I didn’t hear any of our chants, I didn’t hear any of the stuff that we were doing -- no positivity at all," Cheshier says of the protests that became violent late Sunday and Monday night.

“It looked like they purposely wanted to harm the police and get into it with the police officers that’s not what we’re doing.”

She says the vandalizing and looting isn’t doing anything to create positive change in the city, saying she believes a lot of it is for clout and these people want to be on television and get views on social media by being reckless.

She says if these people really do want to create change they should go out and vote.