Chief Wendell Franklin: Oklahoma National Guard Assists Tulsa Officers With Protests

Tuesday, June 2nd 2020, 12:01 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. - Protesters took to the streets of Tulsa Monday night as a result of the nationally covered death of George Floyd.

Protesters gathered along 71st Street near the Woodland Hills Mall. Parts of the crowd remained peaceful while others became more aggressive and vandalized businesses in the area.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin discussed protests and his decision to activate the National Guard. Franklin said the Tulsa Police Department stands behind peaceful protesters but do not condone vandalism, which is what led to the most of the night's more aggressive actions between protesters and officers.

Officers were seen using tear gas and pepper balls on protesters.

The Oklahoma National Guard was also seen defending store entrances.