Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 17, 2015
Sen. Kevin Matthews
Statement from Sen. Kevin Matthews on Tulsa
Statement from Sen.
Kevin Matthews, Vice Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black
Caucus, concerning the fatal shooting of Eric Harris by Tulsa County
reserve deputy Robert Bates on April 2. The incident took place
in Senate District 11, which Sen. Matthews represents.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Harris family and our
community following this unfortunate tragedy. I will be meeting
with local leaders including representatives of the clergy, law
enforcement and the City of Tulsa to help in whatever way I can.
Sen. Anastasia Pittman, who is Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative
Black Caucus, and I met with the National Black Police Association
earlier this week to discuss this incident; and I’m meeting
with the attorney representing the Harris family this afternoon.
In the coming days, the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus will be
discussing our grave concerns regarding these types of deaths that
continue to occur as a result of African American male interaction
with law enforcement. Something must change and we will do all we
can to figure out a way to stop these types of senseless deaths
in our communities.”
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