Police Reform

North Peoria Church of Christ

Black Tulsa clergymen said Friday they have sent President Trump a letter demanding he institute nationwide police reforms.

The steps they are calling for include civilian oversight boards for most local police departments, national policing and training standards, and background checks that identify ties to hate groups.

The Rev. Rodney Goss said the Black community is not afraid, they are tired.

State Rep. Monroe Nichols (D-Tulsa) proposed a set of police reforms on Wednesday he wants passed into law next legislative session.

Nichols’ March for Reform Initiative includes an Office of the Independent Monitor at the state level to review police incidents, a task force to oversee law enforcement training and standards, and a registry of officers dismissed for misconduct so it’s harder for them to get hired at another agency.

"They represent foundational pieces for what I believe should be a new normal in law enforcement across the state," Nichols said.

Are the cops whom we all rely on "law enforcement officers," or are they "peace officers"? As historic protests continue across the nation -- and across the globe -- following the murder of George Floyd while in police custody in late May, conversations, debates, and civic strategies are focusing more and more on police reform. What should such reform look like? How would it be realized? How can police accountability be increased in communities across the US? And indeed, how can public trust in police departments be not only restored but strengthened?

City of Tulsa

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and community leaders who organized Saturday’s "We Can’t Breathe" protest announced Monday the city will not renew its contract with the reality show "Live PD."

Community groups have decried the show for exploiting people in poverty and people of color. Bynum has resisted calls to end the city’s relationship with the show, saying he sees it as a way to show Tulsans what their police officers do on the job.

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Demonstrations against police killings of black men and women spanned the weekend in Tulsa, wrapping up sometime before 2 a.m. Monday.

Hundreds, maybe thousands, came out for a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally that started in Greenwood early Sunday evening. The crowd marched through downtown, going onto the north leg of the Inner Dispersal Loop near Detroit Avenue, which was shut down by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for about two hours.

Black Wall Street Times

Hundreds of Tulsans participated in a local demonstration on Saturday calling for policing reform, joining protesters in cities across the U.S. speaking out against recent killings of black men and women by white men and police.

Organizers of the "We Can't Breathe" peaceful protest said the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd brought racism in America to the forefront and renewed the call for justice and true reform.

Our guest on ST is Issa Kohler-Hausmann, who will tomorrow night (Thursday the 16th) deliver the 2017 Judge Stephanie K. Seymour Distinguished Lecture in Law here at TU.

Our guest is Prof. Barry Friedman, who is the Fuchsberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and the director of the Policing Project. He joins us to discuss his new book, "Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission." As noted of this widely acclaimed study in a starred review in Kirkus: "A law professor diagnoses the ills of American policing and prescribes a healthy dose of sunlight. 'Policing in the United States -- from the overzealous beat cop all the way to the NSA -- is out of control,' writes Friedman, and the fault lies not with the police but with us.