October 19, 2021

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Jaywalking arrested black teenagers in Oklahoma

Jaywalking arrested black teenagers in Oklahoma

Jailwalking arrests of two teenagers in Oklahoma have prompted an investigation after the videos were released The police are outraged Detention of teenagers before being caught on the ground while begging “I can’t breathe.”

Police released footage footage from the Tulsa neighborhood on June 4.

When the first teenager is arrested, his friend asks, “Why are you disturbing him?” Let’s hear that.

“All he did was jaywalking,” one officer responded to the teenager. “We want to talk to him. Then he had to be such a fool.”

Almost 20 minute videos Show the rest of the officer on top of the teenager He was lying in his stomach after he was handcuffed.

The teen begs the officer to stop touching him, but the officer’s hands are placed on the teen’s back and he grabs his pants again and grabs his legs and crutches.

Officers repeatedly told the youth that they had violated the law because of the jaywalk. Body camera videos show there are no pavements or visible sidewalks in the area.

The young man, who was initially handcuffed, was thrown into a police car after scolding authorities. He called the officers “evil” and racist and said they arrested him because he was black. He said, “Call my uncle! Call my uncle! “

“Because I’m black… I’m a criminal,” the teenager shouted to an official. “The black life thing!”

Body camera footage shows the other teenager being released.

According to US census data, Tulsa is Oklahoma’s second largest city, with approximately 66 percent of the population white and 16 percent black.

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It was not immediately clear whether the teens were cited or formally charged. Messages and emails sent to the Tulsa Police Department were not returned Wednesday.

Community activist and organizer Greg Robinson told KJRH-TV that the police would decide that the officers were following the protocol.

“They probably were,” Robinson said. “But that’s the problem. Why do we need more enforcement when the police don’t feel like protecting us? We feel like they are hunting us down. “

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum wrote in a Facebook post that he had seen the teenager’s arrest and that he was working with the police on the investigation.

“I want every child in Tulsa to feel safe walking down the street in their neighborhood,” he wrote. “No need to fear that any Tulsa child will be dealt with for walking down the street.”

The Department of Corrections has released the body camera videos, but Tulsa police said they would not comment on the arrest as the Internal Affairs Division is investigating.