Police Shooting Of Tulsa Man Results In Huge Protests

Protests have erupted after an African American man was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Incident

Protests have erupted after a 29-year-old African American man, Joshua Barre, was shot and killed by a police officer at a convenience store close to his house.

Two deputies and a police officer were reportedly attempting to pick him up due to issues with his mental health. They tried doing so near his house, but Barre walked away towards the convenience store.

According to the police, when they realized that Barre was holding two knives and trying to go into the store, they opened fire on him.

He was then taken to the hospital for treatment, where he died. An investigation by the Tulsa Police is currently underway regarding the shooting.

“They encountered this individual who had two knives. They followed him to this location, and at some point the officers used deadly force,” police spokesman, Leland Ashley said.

According to the police statement, one deputy reportedly attempted to use a stun gun, but it “had no effect” on Barre. They started shooting when Barre opened the store door.

This incident came just 3 weeks following the acquittal of a white police officer in Tulsa who, last year, had fatally shot a black man who was unarmed.

The Investigation

According to the surveillance footage from the convenience store, Barre was shirtless and attempting to go into the store with two knives with his right hand. After the policemen shoot him, he fell to the ground. The police officer on the scene was a black man and the other two deputies who shot Barre were white.

Ashley said that body camera on the police officer may have also captured the incident.

Civil rights organizations and groups have demanded that the Sheriff’s office and Tulsa police turn over the investigation to an independent third party, in order to reduce a bias in their findings.

One group’s executive director, Ryan Kiesel, said that not doing that “will continue to erode the already fragile trust that exists” between the community and law enforcement.