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Tulsa leaders discuss prevention plans following Dallas attack

Posted at 11:02 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-09 00:02:00-04

TULSA-- Tulsa city, council and state leaders held an emergency meeting Friday night to discuss ways to violence in the city. 

A vigil was also held to honor victims of recent shootings. 

Linda Johnson ushered tonight’s vigil at the Morning Star Baptist Church. She said she came tonight to pay tribute to the victims of recent shootings across the country.

“I think this is time that everyone stand up and take notice of what’s happening and stop the violence,” said Johnson.
 
Law enforcement officials say maintaining communication with the community is key for preventing violence.

“I truly believe that what we continue doing is that same exchange of communication to continue on in a peaceful manner throughout into the future of this city and the county of Tulsa,” Said Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado.

Senator Kevin Matthews says holding people accountable for their actions is what the community needs to move forward.

“We’re hoping that people are sure that if someone is killed innocently they’ll be charged whether they’re a police officer or not,” said Senator Matthews.
 
Johnson says love and understanding are key to solving problems, not violence.

“We need to sit down and talk. You don’t get anywhere if you don’t sit down and talk and discuss issues and understand the differences that people have,” said Johnson.

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