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Tulsa police chief addresses fight against city's gun violence issue

Wendell Franklin
Posted at 11:59 AM, Sep 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-07 19:24:37-04

TULSA, Okla. — Michelle Hall became a mother at the age of 18 to a son named Montaevion Hall.

“My first born, my best friend," Hall said.

On November 16, 2019, Michelle's best friend was taken away from her.

"This cop comes and he goes are you Michelle Hall," Hall said. " “He goes, well Montavion is dead.”

Montaevion was a passenger of a car when a shot out started. He was the only one to die.

The Tulsa Police Department held a news conference Tuesday to go over a recent initiative meant to combat the city's issues with gun violence.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin went over the results of an initiative that led to multiple arrests, and the confiscation of several guns.

Franklin says the department came up with the initiative after what they say was a wave of crime last spring.

The initiative which involved 100 Tulsa officers along with FBI and ATF agents resulted in a reduction of violent crime in the past 30 days by 95%, according to Franklin.

The Tulsa Police Department has made a total of 61 arrests, filed 115 felony charges, and seized 203 guns in the last 30 days.

Meanwhile, Michelle Hall has started a non profit to help family members deal with the loss of a loved one to gun violence.

You can find out more about that organization at Montaevion.org

Track crimes in the city here.


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