Community calls for outside investigation as dash camera video released
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
The video shows the tense moments as police try to get Joshua Barré to stop walking. You hear the gunshots that ended his life. And you see the chaotic moments that followed.
“It still opens up a lot of questions,” says Marq Lewis of We the People Oklahoma. ”Why did officers shoot into a store that potentially had customers in it. It did have customers that we saw.”
The moment Barré was shot evaded cameras. One police vehicle pointed away from the door. Another arrived seconds after the shots. The third video was shrouded in shadows.
“There’s a lot of stuff that we just don’t know,” Lewis says. “Yeah, I do think the community had a reason to be upset. And I think anyone who’s watching this, if that was in your community, you would be upset too.”
A body camera on Tulsa Police officer Donnie Johnson was activated seconds after the shooting.
“It’s an insult to all of the taxpayers,” Lewis says. “Saying we’re going to pay for the body cameras, if we can’t even turn them on.”
Officers and deputies called for help as chaos erupted at the corner of 46th Street North and MLK Boulevard.
“Right now, we’re just going to sit back and look at the video and analyze it,” Lewis says. “And then we’re still calling for the OSBI to investigate this. We think it’s a bad shooting.”