TULSA –We the People Oklahoma held a rally and march Thursday evening at City Hall following the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher by a Tulsa police officer.
The group held a rally Thursday evening at City Hall following the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher by a Tulsa police officer. The flier sent by the group says encouraged those attending at 6 p.m. to “bring signs and voices.”
"To me, it's do you want to go low, or do you want to go high?" said protestor Tanisa Brassell.
For protestors like Brassell, the charge filed against Officer Betty Shelby means peaceful protest has paid off.
Terence Crutcher, 40, died after being shot by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby on September 16. Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was charged with first degree manslaughter and surrendered early Friday morning. She was released on $50,000 bond.
"I’m really proud that our city has been able to move this along expeditiously and not draw this out and let it fester," she said.
"It just calms people's nerves because all people want to be is heard, “said We the People organizer Marq Lewis.
For Brassell and We the People Oklahoma, the fight is far from over.
"I think our city is understanding that we will not allow these things to go in unrest," he said.
For many, there's more work to be done.
"We haven't made the adjustments in giving the community insight and say-so in how the police force operates," said protestor Chris Nichols.
But for others, Thursday's protest symbolized progress toward justice and unity for Tulsa.
"When you have other people say ‘I see what they're going through, and I empathize with them and we need to stop this and do better,’ that's what brings the change about," said Brassell.
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