'Rally For Justice' Stresses Finding Solutions

Sunday, September 25th 2016, 11:44 pm
By: News On 6

Rallies continued Sunday in Tulsa one week after Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher. 

The Rally for Justice organizer said the rally wasn't about assigning blame.

The group said enough people have pointed fingers.

Hundreds of people packed the Greenwood Cultural Center Sunday and collectively said they want solutions.

Music has a way of calming spirits and bringing people together. 

Before the start of the Rally for Justice, the band took time to do just that.

The crowd is just as diverse as the nearly 10 member panel. 

It's that diversity that Miko White hopes will help change what she calls the tense racial climate in Tulsa and the country.

She went to high school with Terence Crutcher, the man shot and killed by Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa last week. 

"We just want peace we want to bring everybody together not just the black family but the white the Hispanic it's going to take all of us coming together to make change," said family friend Miko White. 

Organizers say the rallies and vigils are great for those in mourning.

But they are also important tools to help energize the public.

"My thing is for people to leave here and know they can do something to help make a change," said organizer Gerald Harris. 

Throughout the nearly three-hour event, the panel members presented suggestions on improving police and community relationships. 

One suggested a continued push to create an African American Commission.

Another spoke about getting involved in programs that help people who've made mistakes rather than punish them.

Other people like Tracie Chandler plan to push for officer re-training.

"It goes beyond diversity training but to unlearn and be aware of the biases you have  so that you will be aware of what's going on in your own system," said Tulsa resident Tracie Chandler. 

Although there are many ideas, people here said don't just talk, get out and do something about it.