'We The People' Calling For Changes In TPD, TCSO Policies

Tuesday, July 12th 2016, 7:52 pm
By: News On 6

In the wake of shootings in other states, We the People, Oklahoma is calling on the Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa County Sheriff's Office to make changes to policies.

Tulsa County sheriff, Vic Regalado said he's open to discussion, but said the bigger picture for all is finding common ground.

Tuesday, as thousands came together in Dallas to honor the five fallen police officers, community activists in Tulsa and law enforcement agencies are coming up with a plan of how we can move forward and unite.

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“I think Tulsa is a model city that we will be able to go out and show the world, we have our problems but look at what we have done," said Marq Lewis with We The People, Oklahoma.

Lewis said a few policies need to change immediately at the Tulsa Police Department and the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

First, he wants all department policies online. He also wants all versions of revised police reports made available to the public, not just the final report.

Third, Lewis wants all officers involved in shootings to have a blood test and psychiatric evaluation.

Regalado didn't want to address each request, specifically, but said he believes there are safeguards currently in place.

“In terms of reports, and actions and well-being, all those things are documented in a very detailed investigation that goes to the DA's office," Regalado said.

Both he and Lewis agree it is going to take much more than policy changes to reach common ground.

"This is not just beat up law enforcement and don't have any accountability within the citizens. We are telling the citizens you have to do your job, too," Lewis said.

Regalado said, "We should have better training in terms of how we inform the public on what to do when you are stopped or what should you expect when you come to the jail.”

Tulsa Police chief Chuck Jordan is in Dallas, so TPD hasn't responded yet. However, Regalado said he's already talked to him about holding classes to better educate the public on their policies.