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State representative demands change for Tulsa Police Department policies

Posted at 9:20 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 22:20:29-04

TULSA, Okla. — During a press conference, State Representative Regina Goodwin held Wednesday she said she wants to see change in the Tulsa Police Department.

“We have had some use of force incidents that are going in the community and the process and the protocol that is not being followed at some point has to be addressed,” said Goodwin.

The two incidents Goodwin says illustrates the “process and the protocol that is not being followed” by Tulsa Police are centered around Chris Brown and Venetia Moore.

Tulsa County District Court documents state Moore was initially pulled over for “no headlights.” The traffic stop ended with her being arrested.

In Chris Brown’s traffic stop incident, some police officers were not using body camera devices.

“At what point does it say in protocol that you don't have to have your body cam on to record that incident with the public,” said Goodwin.

Goodwin is also calling into question how TPD handles complaints.

“The public needs to know that this process is not fair, the public needs to know that perhaps all sides are not being heard properly,” said Goodwin.

In response to Goodwin’s Press Conference, they released a statement which said in part,

“The commander of the internal affairs unit reached out to State Representative Goodwin informing her that an investigation was active concerning the apparent failure of the officers to utilize their body cameras during this incident and to request the assistance of the driver involved. There was no response from the driver.”

To read the full statement, click here.

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