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City legal: TPD shouldn't enforce Gathering Place rules

Posted at 10:19 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-19 06:23:23-04

It's a new debate -- what role do police play at Tulsa's new $450-million park?

In a news report out, the City of Tulsa’s legal department weighed in telling officers they shouldn't respond to the park to enforce its rules in fear of being sued.

Once you set foot inside this gigantic park, you're on private property.

Because of that - the city attorney believes officers shouldn't respond to calls about everything from smoking violations, bringing your dogs or open carrying a firearm.

Challenges from a Second Amendment group wanting to carry their firearms into the park prompted the legal department to issue directives to Tulsa Police.

In an article written by The Frontier, a city attorney warned if officers try to enforce park rules, they could potentially open themselves up to lawsuits.

Visitors to the park telling 2 Works For You they don't mind if police don't respond to park violations.

“Honestly if it's for minor infractions, if it's not a public safety concern I think our police resources are better utilized where there are dangerous elements," said Kella Shiells, a visitor.

Tulsa Police sent 2 Works For You this statement...

"TPD has had a presence at the Gathering Place since its opening and will continue to do so in order for the citizens of Tulsa to enjoy the park in a safe environment…"


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