Hundreds gathered Saturday, May 30, 2020, to peacefully protest the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and the past murders of Terence Crutcher, Joshua Harvey, Joshua Barre.
Protest organizers Rev. Robert Turner and Dr. Tiffany Crutcher say their goal in protesting is to schedule a Monday meeting with Mayor G.T. Bynum to discuss policing changes they want to see made, including the creation of an Office of the Independent Monitor, more funding for mental health and ending the City's contract with Live PD.
Protesters started in Tulsa's Brookside District and marched from 34th and Peoria, south to I-44 where they shut down traffic before marching east to Lewis and Skelly. From there the group of hundreds went north on Lewis to 41st and then west to return to Brookside where it started. There was no violence or property damage in the nearly four-hour march.
Tulsa Police drove in front of the march and blocked side streets along the path. An officer said a protester was hit by a vehicle pulling a trailer on I-44 and left in an ambulance. A witness stated an SUV tried to go around stopped cars and hit a person in the hazard lane before driving off.
Another protest march is scheduled in downtown's Greenwood District on Sunday at 5 p.m.