Tulsa Police Respond To Accusations That President Trump Supporters Were Blocked From Rally

Tuesday, June 23rd 2020, 4:15 am
By: Joseph Holloway


Tulsa Police Department is fighting back against accusations from President Trump’s campaign that it blocked supporters from getting into the president’s rally Saturday. 

The department posted about this on its Facebook page Monday night, and the post specifically targets a quote in an article from the New York Times.

Part of the article reads “in an interview, Trump campaign manager Brad Paracale said the empty arena was not his fault and that local law enforcement in Tulsa had overreacted, making it difficult for supporters to gain entry.”

TPD says there was a brief 30 minute delay where the large number of protesters kept people from entering one of the three points of entry and that gate was closed until additional officers could come over to help.

The department says when the other officers showed up, the gates were reopened and things ran smoothly, and that was only time law enforcement had to restrict access to a gate.

The fire department says around 6,200 people attended the rally despite the campaign saying more than a million tickets were requested.