Rally for Justice held at Tulsa city hall

Friday, August 30th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Claims of racial discrimination in the Tulsa Police Department had people gathering outside city hall for what organizers called a "Rally for Justice."

They voiced their concerns about the Mayor's decision not to sign a consent decree in the racial discrimination lawsuit brought by the city's black police officers. The subject even came up at the city council meeting. Greg Bledsoe, concerned citizen: "I'd like to let my black brothers and sisters and fellow citizens know that there are many white citizens in Tulsa that believe sincerely that the consent decree should be approved by Mayor Lafortune and fully implemented."

Mayor LaFortune says he rejected the settlement because it wasn't something everyone could back. He still wants to work on negotiations with the black officers and the Fraternal Order of Police.