Mayor proposes independent monitor for police oversight

Mayor proposes independent monitor for police oversight (KTUL)

The City of Tulsa is considering a task force that would look into the Equality Indicators Report.

Many citizens are calling for a hearing, but the council is split with at least three saying the investigative reach of a hearing is not appropriate. The report showed that blacks were more likely to be arrested than others. It also showed that black individuals are five times more likely to be victims of officer force than Hispanics and that whites are half as likely to experience use of force as blacks.

“This community is sick and tired of being sick and tired,” said Kristi Williams, who spoke at the city council meeting.

At least three city councilors, including Christa Patrick, felt a hearing was not the right way to go.

“I don’t have enough information at this time to do this. I don’t think calling people under oath is the way to go. I do think public meetings and public inquiry are the way to go,” said Patrick.

The mayor announced his plan to open an Office of the Independent Monitor and a citizen’s review board, which would provide oversight into the police department and investigations of use of force issues.

Tiffany Crutcher, twin sister of Terence Crutcher, a man shot and killed by former police officer Betty Shelby, feels an independent monitor could have made a difference in her brother’s case.

“It is one of the policy proposals that we have been pushing for from day one. So, I am really glad to hear that he is moving in the right direction. We just hope we can be part of the process,” said Crutcher.

The council will discuss the best way to handle a task force and discuss it at a later time.

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