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Black Lives Matter Leaders Issue Demands At Oklahoma City Hall

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma
A protestor holds a sign during a Black Lives Matter demonstration on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

After leading a massive protest this weekend, Black Lives Matter issued a long list of demands for police reform on Monday from the steps of Oklahoma City Hall.

The Oklahoma City chapter of the group launched their latest protest after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

The activists want protestors arrested over the weekend released, more deescalation training for police, an apology from Mayor David Holt and Police Chief Wade Gourley, and they want Gourley to resign.

"Some of the officers were the ones who escalated the situation," Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, the executive director Black Lives Matter OKC, said. "There was no callout and it continued to escalate all throughout the night."

The activists say the police's use of tear gas and rubber bullets against protestors wasn’t necessary.

Other demands tied to police reform include a meeting with Mayor Holt, which Dickerson says the mayor agreed to.

The group demanded individual officers be disciplined for their response to the protest. They want a citizen’s complaint review board for the police department and the release of jail and police records related to multiple shootings and in-custody deaths.

The Oklahoma City Police Department did not immediately return requests for comment.

Quinton Chandler worked at StateImpact Oklahoma from January 2018 to August 2021, focusing on criminal justice reporting.
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