Foundation Holds Events To Note Anniversary of a Killing

TULSA—Events were held (and will continue through this weekend) by the Terence Cruncher Foundation  to commemorate the anniversary of the killing of an unarmed man by a police officer, who said she had mistakenly fired her pistol instead of a Taser gun.

Some events were held from Sept. 12 through Sept. 14, and others are scheduled from Thursday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Sept. 17.

Events scheduled or will include a “fireside chat” with relatives of George Floyd, who was killed in 2020 by police in Minneapolis, Minn., as well as an event that will feature the lawyer, who represents families of victims of police-connected killings of Blacks.

Terence Crutcher was killed in Tulsa in 2016 by a police officer who said she had mistakenly drawn her weapon and her intent was to use her Taser gun.

In a statement, the foundation said the events were designed to encourage community empowerment.

Called a “day of service,” the events also included a voter registration effort.

These are the events held:

  • “Our Generational Vision for Justice,” a “own hall-type meeting;
  • A seminar was led by Tiffany Crutcher, Mana Tahaie and Aurelius Francisco;
  • A panel discussion on the Oklahoma incarceration record;
  • A historical marker was dedicated at the intersection of John Hope Franklin Boulevard and Greenwood Avenue was held by the Equal Justice Initiative, the Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition and Oklahoma State University at Tulsa;
  • A seminar led by Dr. Tiffany Crutcher and Brittany Packnet Cuningham;
  • A Day of Action events were held on Sept. 14 at Tulsa City Hall; and
  • A seminar on “The Power of Community” will be held from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church,  3427 N. Birmingham Ave.;
  • At noon on Friday, Sept. 16, Moment of Silence  ceremonies will be held, at which the families of George Floyd and Terence Crutcher, as well as Ben Crump (the lawyer who has represented families of victims of police-connected killings), and others will participate; and
  • From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, Day of Service festivities will be held at the North Tulsa Event Center, 1125 E. 36th St. North.

Free food vendors, a disc jockey, resource booths and voter registration events will be held at the “family-friendly” event.

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