He has been held in jail since Dec. 23 after linked to an attempted rape and two other separate cases where residents reported being accosted in their homes. While in jail, he allegedly solicited nudes from a minor girl.
Most Tulsa city councilors say the new police programs are worth a try; some wish they had been asked to recommend members for the Community Advisory Boards.
Chief Wendell Franklin introduced changes to provide more transparency, but we see room for improvement, the editorial states.
The department arrested 61 people and seized more than 200 guns in 30 days in connection to the gang feuds, Chief Wendell Franklin said Tuesday.
Nearly three years after first proposing the idea of an independent monitor, Mayor G.T. Bynum said its goals have been realized: an in-house policy analysis for TPD, increased community engagement and a mechanism of oversight.
Tulsa's mayor said he believes Chief Wendell Franklin has already achieved or is working to achieve most of what he desired through numerous initiatives, including the creation of Community Advisory Boards.
The board was among improvements cited by Mayor G.T. Bynum in explaining why he no longer plans to pursue an office of the independent monitor for Tulsa Police Department oversight.
Rival groups of young people with big guns and lots of ammunition have shot it out in incidents across the city, police say. The shootings have involved scores of shots from high-caliber, high-power rifles with high-capacity magazines, the editorial says.
The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make a false statement to a firearms dealer and making a false statement to a firearms dealer in a plea agreement in April.
“From what we’re understanding, these guys are out to get each other — they don’t care where it is,” Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said.
The proposed pay increases indicate a significant effort by the city to address the union’s claim that its officers are underpaid compared to officers in neighboring communities and in comparable-sized cities across the country.
“The intention for that tweet was to do exactly what has taken place, and that is to bring attention to what is taking place in Tulsa with our violent crime,” Chief Wendell Franklin said Tuesday. “I did not feel that the media release that we made earlier was strong enough.
"Even if you don't want to wear a badge and carry a gun, there are still opportunities for people here," Tulsa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Justin Green said of the variety of open positions Tuesday afternoon.
Daquan Ratliff, 27, was found wounded in the road near 28th Street North and Boston Place and died at a hospital.
The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office will host its first-ever Ladies of Law Enforcement event in mid-August, following a countywide, multiagency hiring event in late July.
As city officials contemplate how to spend millions of dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds, Chief Wendell Franklin has an idea: Use some of the money to establish a real time crime information center that would include the use of closed-circuit television surveillance cameras.
"I know what took place on Black Wall Street a hundred years ago, and certainly that’s something I don’t want in this current time — to mark in history that there was violence and unrest in our city, in our streets, 100 years later," Chief Wendell Franklin said. "That is always in the back of my mind.”
"Any opportunity that we have to expand our training capabilities, we are going to accept those opportunities," Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said. "That's what we want. We need that."
Officer Latoya Dythe pleaded guilty to facilitating the straw purchase of a gun for her boyfriend, who was later arrested on state charges.
Jerad Lindsey, chairman of the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, died after suffering complications of COVID-19 in October. He was 40 years old.
Chief Wendell Franklin is the only representative in his class from Oklahoma, and two of its members are those who took over the Portland and Seattle police departments during 2020's civil unrest.
Tulsa police hope the kickoff can be the start to projects across the city to build relationships with Tulsa's youth.