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Tulsa Police Department releases report based on citizen complaints

Posted at 6:39 PM, Dec 01, 2020

TULSA, Okla. — According to a report released by the Tulsa Police Department's Internal Affairs Division, 444 Tulsans complained about their interaction with Tulsa officers in 2019.

All complaints are reviewed, however, not all are investigated. Those not investigated include any with a lack of information, evidence or contact information. Also, complaints that do not violate TPD policies are not investigated.

The commander of the Internal Affairs unit, Captain Brian Carlisle, said the report allows Tulsans to look at the disciplinary actions against officers.

“What that report encompasses, it’s kind of a snapshot," Carlisle said.

The report shows in 2019, seven deadly force incidents were investigated. Four were found to be justified and within policy. The other three are still being investigated.

Each officer must document use of force whenever it's used on a citizen.

According to the report, when it came to use of force against citizens, African Americans made up 37.7 percent, while force was used against Caucasian citizens 48.4 percent.

The report details 10 African American officers involved in a use of force situation, compared to 155 white officers.

Based on the investigations of complaints; 18 officers were counseled, 30 received a written reprimand, five were suspended and three were fired.

The full report can be found here: Tulsa Police Annual Report 2019

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