Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: September 22, 2016
Sen. Kevin Matthews
Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus issues statement
on recommendations for
law enforcement following Terence Crutcher shooting; calls for peaceful
Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus chair, Sen. Kevin Matthews,
D-Tulsa, issued the following statement Thursday on behalf of the
caucus outlining recommendations for law enforcement across the
state and calling for peaceful protests following Friday evening’s
police shooting of Terence Crutcher.
“After being involved with prayer
groups, private video screenings with the Tulsa Police Department,
public protests, and many discussions with our constituents and
friends within our districts and across the country, the members
of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus have come to some very
clear conclusions. We are calling for immediate implementation of
body cameras with all police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and
other communities that have them. There should be no delay in the
utilization of this crucial tool that assures the best opportunity
to have transparency and protection for the public and officers
doing their jobs as expected.
“We are pleased that the Tulsa Chief of Police Chuck Jordan
was forthright in producing the available video footage immediately.
Chief Jordan stated that this was a criminal investigation of homicide
and that ‘justice will be served.’ The fact remains
that body cameras would have given even more clarification to the
actions that took place prior to Terence’s unnecessary death.
“We also are calling for more aggressive efforts to hire,
utilize, and empower African Americans and others which reflect
the culture of the African American communities in Tulsa and across
our state. Community policing models that reduce the likelihood
of unnecessary shooting deaths of citizens and police officers are
available and should be in use.
“We are asking for protests to be peaceful, but emotions and
tension continue to rise because of the perception that justice
does not work the same when a citizen’s life is lost versus
those who serve us. This incident underscores the crucial need for
inclusion and healing in our cities and the State of Oklahoma. Justice
needs to be swift and decisive, because the world is watching.”—Sen.
Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus Chair
For more information,
Matthews: 405-521-5598 or 918-955-2283