A Closer Look At Protocol: How Antiquated Policy Hinders Police Accountability

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde Since March of 2020, from the murder of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, the social climate of nation produced protests against police brutality in every state. Rage and tears accompanied chants of “I can’t breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” while strangersContinue reading “A Closer Look At Protocol: How Antiquated Policy Hinders Police Accountability”

Is This The Best This City Can Do? The City’s Responsibility To Ensure True Justice for All

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde “We don’t need a show. We need a police chief that will take servicing our community seriously,” a demand rightly expressed by North Tulsa native and executive editor of the Tulsa Star, Timantha Norman. Mayor GT Bynum has an opportunity to remove himself from his comfort zone of political expediencyContinue reading “Is This The Best This City Can Do? The City’s Responsibility To Ensure True Justice for All”

Reflections on Four Months of “Debate” on Race, Policing, and the Value of Black Lives

by Contributing Writer Mana Tahaie Author’s Note: These are my remarks from September 25th’s Tulsa City Council special meeting on racial and gender disparities in adult arrests. Opening Statement Good evening Councilors, Mayor Bynum, Chief Jordan, Ms. Doring, and Mr. O’Mellia. Before I begin, I want to acknowledge that we are on occupied land belongingContinue reading “Reflections on Four Months of “Debate” on Race, Policing, and the Value of Black Lives”

Dr. Crutcher’s Personal Journey Towards Justice and Reconciliation

by Contributing Writer Hannah Jarman When Dr. Tiffany Crutcher enters a space, the entire energy changes. Whether it’s a City Council meeting, a school board meeting, a panel discussion, canvassing in the community, or a casual discussion over coffee, she seizes the opportunity to harness its potential for change. Her passion for social change hasContinue reading “Dr. Crutcher’s Personal Journey Towards Justice and Reconciliation”

Making the OIM Matter: Why We Need To Go Back To The Drawing Board

by Contributing Writer Jaden Janak In February of this year, Mayor G.T. Bynum announced plans to create an Office of the Independent Monitor (more information about the proposed OIM ordinance can be found here) using the model currently present in Denver. This announcement came on the heels of 77 recommendations given by the Tulsa CommissionContinue reading “Making the OIM Matter: Why We Need To Go Back To The Drawing Board”

Are all cops the same? A black female officer’s perspective

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde We’ve heard the saying “Not all cops are the same!” Some of us have had respectable experiences, like being pulled over and only being given a warning or a ticket. But there are others whose experiences have triggered generational trauma. They have met their demise with a single police encounter.Continue reading “Are all cops the same? A black female officer’s perspective”

Having the Tough Conversations: Racial Bias and Use of Force

by Contributing Writer Jaden Janak Wednesday’s special panel discussion on the use of force disparities in our city proved to be enlightening. Joining the esteemed panel of guests was Stanford Professor and MacArthur Genius Award winner Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt. Unlike previous comment sessions and special meetings, this meeting stayed (with a few notable exceptions)Continue reading “Having the Tough Conversations: Racial Bias and Use of Force”

The case for greater police accountability: The story of Chief Egunwale Amusan

by Staff Writer Deon Griggs The year was 1996 and the city of Tulsa, OK had just agreed to allow a KKK rally to take place downtown. Groups of predominantly black peaceful protesters displayed their disapproval while a patrol of police officers on horseback were sent to disperse the crowd. During the commotion of policeContinue reading “The case for greater police accountability: The story of Chief Egunwale Amusan”