Report Claims Proof Tulsa PD Is Racially Biased, Then PD Shows The Real Stats

Arrest data shows that suspects are no more likely to have force used against them due to their race, police said.

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Police Department (TPD) is pushing back against allegations that officers are more likely to use force against black suspects than white suspects.

The allegations of racially biased policing emerged in the wake of the Tulsa Equality Indicators 2018 annual report, according to KTUL.

The report declared that officers are more likely to use force against black citizens than other groups.

Members of the community held a public hearing to discuss the report on Thursday.

“We’re not asking for anything special,” United Coalition of Clergy spokesperson Barbara Shannon said during the discussion. “No special treatment. We just want the same respect and opportunities given to everyone else.”

But TPD says that the statistics outlined in the report are inaccurate, and that they arrive to a conclusion that is not true.

The report is based off Tulsa’s entire population – not just the portion of the population that has been arrested, Tulsa Police Sergeant Shane Tuell told KTUL.

“You are no more likely to have force used against you based on your race,” Sgt. Tuell explained. “The people who do have use of force applications are those who get [arrested].”

The flaw in the report’s methodology produced skewed results that makes it appear that there is a racial bias in policing, he said.

TPD is transparent about their use of force statistics, and have published over a decade’s worth of annual reports on the topic on their website.

In 2018, 51 percent of the individuals that TPD arrested were white, and 53 percent of the department’s use of force incidents were against white offenders, KTUL reported.

Thirty-seven percent of those arrested were black, and 36 percent of the agency’s use of force incidents were against black offenders.

By focusing on the population who was actually arrested – as opposed to the community at-large – the illusion that officers use force against suspects based on racial bias completely disappeared.

“We are as transparent as we can be,” Sgt. Tuell added. “We publish all of our data. We have bodycams. We have dashcams.”

While the report also suggests that the rate black citizens are arrested also prove racial bias, this has also been disproven.

Tulsa FOP 93 previously responded to NAACP accusations to let people know that it's not possible for them to proactively target black people, because they hardly proactively arrest anybody.

According to the FOP, the department is so low on resources that they only mostly just respond to calls on a reactive basis, and don't have much time to engage in proactive arrests, targeting black people or not.

"The vast majority of our arrests do not come from pro-activity (officers stopping cars, etc)," the union wrote to their members. "As you know, much of that does not exist as our call load has increased and staffing has decreased. A high majority of our arrests and contacts come from the victims that are reporting crimes against them. Simply put, in our current environment, if all TPD did was to respond to 911 calls, and arrest suspects after they had victimized our citizens, our arrests would continue to be disproportionate."

What the "disproporionate" statistics fail to take into account is that the city's crime is committed disproportionately.

Despite evidence to the contrary, many community members insisted that racially biased policing is a problem that the city needs to address.

Roma Presley said that the death of her son, Joshua Harvey, was a perfect example of how police target and abuse suspects, according to KTUL.

Harvey died at a Tulsa hospital in August of 2018, several days after he tore off his clothes and shattered the glass door of a bank in a drug-fueled rage.

Bodycam footage captured the chaotic scene, as Harvey fought with officers inside the bank lobby.

He was tased several times with little effect, but was ultimately wrestled into handcuffs and restrained.

Harvey died three days later due to drug use and a heart condition, KTUL reported.

"My son was an unarmed black man who died at the hands of Tulsa police," Presley argued. "Our family will never be the same, and no family should have to through what we have."

“We’re not saying the entirety of the police system or the entirety of the police force is bad or racist,” Terence Crutcher Foundation member Greg Robinson told KTUL. “What we are saying is that the system in and of itself needs to be fixed.”

Robinson said that the city cannot move on until the TPD recognizes that they have wronged black citizens.

“The first step in reconciling, the first step in moving forward is acknowledging where the city of Tulsa has done black Tulsans wrong and where the police department has done black Tulsans wrong,” he declared. “Taking action to make sure those things are not going to happen again. We’ll see a safer Tulsa for all Tulsans. We’ll see trust building for the police department for all Tulsans.”

Comments (19)
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JBo
JBo

Why let facts stand in the way of an agenda? Just make up stories about whatever the racial issue of the day is and push that.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Sooooo, it's now the fault of the Tulsa PD because some person decides they should ingest enough drugs to kill a horse, run around naked, and break a bank window. Yep, another example of blacks not taking responsibility for their own actions. Guarantee, this is a set up for a lawsuit that the family hopes will pay for their new car and home, built, of course, in a white suburban neighborhood. Only then, according to the family, will justice be served....AMEN! Oh, and remember, black lives matter....to those wishing to pad their bank accounts.

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

Oh people can come up with statistics to prove anything Kent. 40 percent of all people know that.

BlueJDN
BlueJDN

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." --Mark Twain

Grog
Grog

This lady Presley seem to have difficulty realizing her little baby was NOT in jail when he died. He was in a H_O_S_P_I_T_A_L when he died and it was the drugs and a heart condition, most likely brought on by the drug use, that killed him! These people are un-friggin-believable! Even when shown irrefutable proof that the study was seriously flawed, they can't accept reality and the truth! But even if it were accurate, maybe that would be an indicator that they, those people, should stop resisting!

killer93
killer93

It's simple, BLM, dont break the law, you wont go to jail. Simple. What part of this dont you understand?

Steve1
Steve1

Seems to me from this report that, Terence Crutcher Foundation member Greg Robinson does not care about facts. I do not believe that TPD is racist in any way shape nor form. Maybe Greg Robinson is simple put, ignorant to the facts and or racist himself.

NomonK
NomonK

BLM, CORE, NAACP, and Black Racist have played the Race Card so much often they believe their own lies. Now the black community has a hate, although unjustified, towards the law enforcement agencies.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Roma Presley your son died because of his own actions, not because of the police you stupid ass biatch!!! Why don't you and all the rest of the cop hating low IQ liberals pack your bags and get the f--k out and move to where ever you think it's so much better!! And don't come back!!!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

The real racists are exposed here. They are liars seeking to promote their agenda.

MSK
MSK

Yes ma’am, the Po-lice forced drugs into your sons body, forced him to smash out a bank door, forced him to fight them, forced him to have a heart condition complicated by a drug problem. I’d blame them too. SMDH

K9ndn
K9ndn

This is the same coalition who raised hell about the female officer who shot the 6-5 350lb guy on pcp a couple of years ago. They are full of crap like the rest of the poverty pimps out there.

Balkanbobby
Balkanbobby

Yada yada yada same old sob story just follow the law and you won't have a problem idiots

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

He should of just responding by telling her if you're expecting us to kiss your ass or something you can wait until hell freezes over. We need to wait until Tulsans feels safe from criminals like your dead son!

javaguy746
javaguy746

I STAND WITH TPD