Tonight: Tulsa's last special meeting over racial and gender disparities in police arrests

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Posted at 2:47 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 15:47:21-04

TULSA, Okla. — City of Tulsa will hold a final Equality Indicators special meeting.

This is the last of four meetings on select topics from Tulsa’s 2018 and 2019 Equality Indicators reports. The meeting will cover report findings over racial and gender disparities in police arrests of adults.

The city’s 2018 Equality Indicators report showed African American Tulsans were five times more likely to be victims of officer use of force than other races or ethnicities; and African American youth are three times more likely to be arrested in Tulsa than white youth.

Those results are why the city hosted a series of four meetings since June, hosted by a team of experts. In the meetings, the city offered an hour-long hearing to allow the public to provide feedback on racial and gender gaps in police arrests and use of force.

In previous meetings, residents have expressed dislike for the Tulsa Police Department and officers’ handling of certain races.

City councilors say the goal is to increase transparency and use the meetings to eventually make policy changes.

Tonight, Tulsa’s City Council will hear from and ask questions to a panelist of experts and community representatives.