50 local leaders sign letter penned by LDF to Tulsa officials demanding police reform

Posted at 1:33 PM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 14:51:41-04

TULSA - The city's mayor and city council chair have a new letter on their desks demanding policing reform. 

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational fund sent it after a report about Tulsa's 2018 Equality Indicators. 

It showed African American adults are twice as likely to be arrested compared to white adults. 

"This letter is a direct response to that report and specifically we are demanding that our leaders lead," said attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons who also signed the letter.

It was signed by local spiritual leaders, politicians and even a former Tulsa Police Chief. 

It has a list of demands for the Tulsa Police Department including implicit bias training and independent investigations of use-of-force incidents resulting in death or injury. 

The mayor addressed the report when it came out saying there is no easy solution but identifying the issues is the first step in fixing the problems.

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