Po­lice killings not un­com­mon

Tulsa World - - Opinion - M.L. Ten­ni­son, Clare­more Sharon McGovern, Tulsa Teddy Cooper, Tulsa

LET­TERS TO THE ED­I­TOR

Af­ter any po­lice shoot­ing, news out­lets quote polic­ing data from the FBI to as­sure cit­i­zens that th­ese killings are un­com­mon.

How­ever, what is not known is that the data is in­com­plete be­cause there are few rules about how, or if, agen­cies re­port to the FBI. Be­cause of this, some data sci­en­tists have started com­pil­ing po­lice re­ports, news sto­ries and other ver­i­fi­able in­for­ma­tion to build a com­pre­hen­sive data set to ex­plain po­lice vi­o­lence.

It's called map­ping­po­lice­vi­o­lence.org. The po­lice vi­o­lence map­ping web­site ranks po­lice kills per capita among the 60 largest ci­ties. Ok­la­homa City ranks sec­ond while Tulsa ranks 49th on that list.

The data also show the aver­age an­nual po­lice homi­cide rate for all peo­ple in Tulsa at 10.774 per­cent, and the rate for black peo­ple at 14.52 per­cent from 2013-2017.

Na­tion­ally, the data show there were 1,147 po­lice homi­cides in 2017 alone, so po­lice killings are not un­com­mon at all.

The sad­dest part of this is­sue for Tulsa is that it's rel­a­tively easy to fix if the mayor and po­lice chief are will­ing to fix it. For ex­am­ple, our po­lice could spend more time train­ing in de-es­ca­la­tion and less time on the weapons range.

The Po­lice Use of Force Project be­lieves that train­ing to use deadly force only af­ter all other op­tions are ex­hausted will lower po­lice homi­cide rates by 30 per­cent.

So, I am call­ing on our mayor, law en­force­ment lead­er­ship and my fel­low Okies to de­mand bet­ter train­ing for our po­lice. col­lege and of­ten hold ad­vanced de­grees to give chil­dren the best ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­ble. We didn't even bother to pay at­ten­tion to what they thought or who they felt would best rep­re­sent them.

So, do we re­ally sup­port our teach­ers?

Ed­i­tor's note: The straight­party op­tion was used by 40 per­cent of all vot­ers. Of those choos­ing the straight-party box, 64.5 per­cent were Repub­li­cans, 34 per­cent Democrats and 1.3 per­cent Lib­er­tar­i­ans. with the menudo and the steak mex­i­cano. On top of all of this, the salsa is some of the best I've ever had.

In fact, when I die, I would like to be buried with a jar of La Flama salsa in my hand. Next time you make this list, please con­sider La Flama.

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