Tulsa City Council Wants To Hear From Public On Creation Of Police Oversight Committee

Wednesday, August 28th 2019, 5:28 am
By: Mallory Thomas

Tulsa City Council members were scheduled to vote on the creation of an oversight committee for the Tulsa Police Department. 

They have since decided they want to hear more from the public about the issue before voting on the Office of Independent Monitor which would consist of up to a twelve person citizen oversight board.

This board would have a limited role in reviewing Internal Affairs investigations within the police department.

Mayor G.T. Bynum has said a budget of $250,000  has been set aside for the new Office of Independent Monitor should the council decide to approve the oversight board.

Back in June, News On 6's Emory Bryan spoke with the Chair of the Fraternal Order of Police who said the union is fine with a professional law enforcement agency reviewing critical incidents, but not an independent monitor or untrained citizen without any police department input.

The oversight board vote is on the agenda for Monday evening; however, the city has since said they won't vote until hearing more public comment. It's one of the last items on the agenda, if you want to go the council meeting and speak up.