Oklahoma City and Tulsa joined several cities across the country to protest the in-custody death of a black man in Minneapolis.
Protests in Oklahoma City turned violent with some in the crowd vandalizing businesses and city and county property as the crowd made its way to the Oklahoma City Police Department headquarters in downtown Oklahoma City.
Gov. Kevin Stitt released a statement Sunday morning:
“Oklahomans stand together for justice. Like many of you, I am thankful the Minneapolis police officer is being held accountable for the senseless death of George Floyd.
“As Oklahomans let their voices be heard, know that I will protect and support your right for peaceful demonstration. Also know this is different from acting out in a way that is violent and damaging – the State will also support local law enforcement who are respectfully working to stop criminal activity.
“Let’s demonstrate the Oklahoma Standard by listening to those who are hurting, by uniting to see change that delivers a better future for all, and by being respectful of each other, our police and our first responders.”
A Black Lives Matter protest is scheduled to happen Sunday afternoon in northeast Oklahoma City.