At a news conference, Police Chief Wendell Franklin said he disagreed with the court-ordered release of the videos because of the trauma the incident has put upon officers and his belief that the videos are "evidence that should be played out in court."
"We've been able to get by with that so far because the citizens of Tulsa have sucked it up and done the right thing," Mayor G.T. Bynum said at a Thursday news conference. "But we're moving into flu season. We're moving into cold winter months when more people will not have the option of al fresco dining and spending as much time outside. More people will be inside, and with that comes much greater risk."
The young man, who is 18 or 19, had just walked out of the Barber King, 8151 E. 21st St., with a friend when two men in the parking tried to rob them. “One of the victims tried to resist that robbery and got shot in the face and the foot,” Sgt. J.P. Ward said.
The state's rate of new weekly cases was 142 per 100,000 people, nearly doubling the U.S. average of 74 per 100,000 people. Its test positivity was at 10%, which is more than double the national average of 4.8%.
The lawsuit stems from reports about comments Yates made June 8while being interviewed on "The Pat Campbell Show" on KFAQ. During the interview, Yates denied the existence of systemic racism and, in discussing police shootings, said: “And by the way, all the research says … we’re shooting African-Americans about 24% less than we probably ought to be based on the crimes being committed.”