Tag: Oklahoma

Terence Crutcher: Unarmed Black Man with Hands Up Shot by Police

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. ET Sept. 22, 2016 Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiller has filed first-degree manslaughter charges against Officer Betty Shelby with the Tulsa Police Department. Related Story:Tulsa Officer Charged With Manslaughter for Fatal Shooting Seen on Video “In the matter of the death of Terence Crutcher, I determine…

Oklahoma Volunteer Deputy Convicted of Killing Unarmed Black Man

The inexperienced volunteer deputy who fatally shot an unarmed Black man in Oklahoma last April was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday. Robert Bates, 74, who was a volunteer reserve deputy for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, claimed he meant to use his Taser but “inadvertently” fired his gun when…

Ex-Oklahoma Cop Who Victimized Black Women Gets 263 Years in Prison

By Sheryl Estrada Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, wassentenced to 263 consecutive years in prison on Thursday for rape, sexual assault and other crimes against Black women. From December 2013 to June 2014,Holtzclaw preyed onBlack women hebelieved to have criminal histories. The women alsoall live in one…

KKK Costume ‘Kind of Funny,’ Says Mayor’s Husband

By Sheryl Estrada A photo of the men posted on Facebook. Acceptable Halloween fun in Lahoma, Okla., includes dressing up like the Ku Klux Klan and holding torches. There are a few stipulations, though: you must be drunk, a “good ol’ boy” and have at least one member of the…

Red State Support for Gay Discrimination Continues

By Kaitlyn D’Onofrio Oklahoma has joined the discriminatory ranks of Indiana and Alabama in its latest bill passed by the Senate. According to the state’s bill, popular ridesharing programs such as Uber and Lyft reserve the right to refuse passengers who identify as transgender or gay: “[Oklahoma Transportation Network Company…