Tulsans rally against police brutality

Police brutality is bringing people together to protest in Tulsa and across the country (KTUL).

Police brutality is bringing people together to protest in Tulsa and across the country.

Aware Tulsa is a group who says they believe that organizing against racism is vital to the health and prosperity of our community.

The group brought dozens of people together on Sunday to raise their voices in unity against police brutality.

"Working with them, they need us to do this," said Kimberly Fobbs. "So we trust their word that their lives are in danger. They had originally pressed assault charges against her."

Fobbs knows about police brutality too well. Her sister is a victim.

"She was stopped on a traffic stop and she was forcibly, vaginally searched against her will by the County," Fobbs said.

A life changed.

"She miscarried twins," Fobbs said. "She miscarried twins at my mother's home as a result of that."

Co-founder of Aware Tulsa David Harland sees police in a different light.

"We are all made safe by our police officers, rather than endangered by our police officers," he said. "That is integral to the health of our communities moving forward."

Harland is just one man among many gathering at the courthouse.

"There are experts nationwide who specialize in this that can help the Tulsa Police Department achieve this," he said. "Again, they have said they're going to do this but their progress has been too slow to be effective."

Fobbs says promises of community policing aren't enough anymore.

"Even during the days of slavery, we did have abolitionists that just sought to do the right thing and I just feel like everyone is here to do the right thing and stand up for the right thing," she said.

Reverend Joey Crutcher, Terence Crutcher's father, says this is a step in the right direction.

"It lets me know that it's not just a black thing," he said. "It's about doing the right thing. And to see these white [people] standing with us, it just shows me that there are people in this world that believe in doing the right thing."

"Slow movement is a centuries-old strategy that has kept racism and racial issues from having any progress," Harland said.

Fobbs was glad to get her chance to speak out about police brutality at the rally.

"I cannot, as a servant, stay silent when I know the impact this has to families," she said.

Because Fobbs knows how much it hurts.

The Crutcher family is working with attorneys in a federal civil suit against the City Police Department and former officer Betty Shelby.

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