• Organizations work to bridge the gap between law enforcement, community

    By: Nina Carter

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    TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • Groups are working across the country to improve relations between police, communities
    • FOX23 talked with a member of one about a deadly officer-involved shooting that happened in Tulsa this weekend

    There are several organizations that work as a bridge between the community and law enforcement. FOX23 spoke with a member of one about the aftermath of a fatal officer-involved shooting in Tulsa this weekend.

    Jess Casswell told FOX23 her heart sank when she heard about the shooting. She’s seen the effects that kind of split-second decision can have on an officer first hand. Casswell is the granddaughter, daughter and sister of police officers.

    “I know the officers. That weighs on them,” Casswell said.

    Officials said Friday’s shooting in Tulsa happened when police found a car blocking the road and stopped to see what was going on. They said 40-year-old Terence Crutcher approached them, reached into the car and failed to obey commands.

    On Sunday, Tulsa police said that Officer Betty Shelby shot Crutcher and Officer Tyler Turnbough deployed a Taser.

    Casswell is urging people not to jump to conclusions.

    “I think we’re quick to judge and assume that something was done wrong,” Casswell said.

    She works with several groups to build tolerance and understanding between law enforcement and people in the community. She said she hopes this incident doesn’t impact the progress made.

    “Now people fear police and I don’t know why, but I think in Oklahoma we’re doing a good job at trying to bridge that gap,” Casswell said.

    Tulsa police plan to address the shooting in a news conference on Monday at 1:30 p.m. FOX23 will have live coverage.

     

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