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Black Lives Matter OKC issues demands

Published: June 1, 2020

Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, executive director of the Black Lives Matter OKC chapter, holds a press conference outside the city hall building in downtown Oklahoma City. Dickerson issued the group's following demands: ● An apology from Police Chief Wade Gourley and Mayor David Holt and the immediate resignation of Gourley, whose lack of leadership resulted in aggressive actions by the police towards peaceful protesters, escalating tensions and resulting in violence that could have been avoided. ● The immediate release without charges of all incarcerated protestors who were arrested for nonviolent offenses or “resisting arrest” while defending themselves or their loved ones from unlawful use of excessive force by OKC PD and the sheriff. ● Disciplinary action and termination be taken against all police officers who violently attacked peaceful protesters. ● The immediate installation of an independent citizens’ complaint review board for the OKC PD, which will have authority to review all complaints, including use of force, and discipline offending officers. ● Mayor Holt meet with us within 24 hours. ● Provision of training in de-escalation tactics for all OCPD officers, which must include training in interactions with persons who have mental health issues as well as training that includes cultural sensitivity. ● The immediate public release of the arrest record of Olain Jefferson, Jr. and body cam footage of all police involved in his arrest. ● The immediate public release of all video footage of the OKCPD incident involving and resulting in the death of Derrick Ollie Sr. ● The arrest and prosecution of David Stewart for the kidnapping and illegal confinement of Mr. Travis Miller Sr. ● Justice for the family of Mr. Elray Barber who was shot and killed by OKCPD on Christmas Eve 2019. ● Justice for Ms. Rolana Keeler who was shot by OKCPD on Christmas Eve 2019 while unarmed. ● Mayor Holt commit to the construction of a grocery store on the Eastside of OKC to be completed within 6 months. ● The granting of clemency and immediate release of wrongfully charged member of our community, Julius Jones, by Governor Stitt.

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