On September 17, 2016, Tulsa police shot unarmed Terrence Crutcher at close range after he walked slowly, with his hands up, to his vehicle. His death is the latest in a series of unjustified police-involved killings in Tulsa, Oklahoma, resulting from deep systemic issues that must be urgently addressed. This page provides information about the current state of policing in Tulsa and the ongoing work to end police violence and ensure justice for it's residents.
People killed by Tulsa police
Facts About POLICING in Tulsa
- Black men were 36% of those killed by Tulsa police since 2013 despite being only 8% of the population.
- The majority of those killed by Tulsa police since 2013 were unarmed. Only 1 of 11 people killed by Tulsa police had a gun.
- From 2007-2009, black people were 50% of all pedestrian stops by Tulsa police despite being only 16% of the Tulsa population.
- Black people were 2.4 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession in Tulsa County in 2010 despite similar rates of using or selling marijuana.
- Since 2013, police in Oklahoma have killed civilians at a rate higher than any other state except for New Mexico. Furthermore, black people are 4.5x more likely to be killed by police than the average Oklahoma resident.
- Of 207 civilian complaints filed against Tulsa police officers in 2015, the department only determined 11 to be violations following an internal investigation.
- The Tulsa police force is disproportionately white. In 2015, white people were 76% of Tulsa police officers despite being only 58% of the Tulsa population.
SYSTEMIC ISSUES CONTRIBUTING TO tulsa Police violence
As our analysis shows, Tulsa Police Department and the City of Tulsa have failed to put in place policies and practices that can prevent police violence and ensure police accountability.