Several Groups Plan Rally For Saturday In Clinton

Thursday, June 4th 2020, 4:36 pm
By: Hunter McKee

As protesters continue to hit the streets across Oklahoma, some groups said they’re heading out west for the weekend. 

A rally is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Saturday in Clinton. 

Groups plan to meet at East Side Academy and march down Highway 183. They plan to stop in front of the police department.

With several rallies already conducted throughout the Oklahoma City area, Yolanda Meekins with Gloria Angels said she and others want to expand to other parts of the state. She wants many police departments to be held accountable during this time.

“Right now is the time to turn over all the stones and find everyone who has been unjustly killed and who have been wronged by the police department,” said Meekins. “It’s time to speak up now, so we can show our grievances and get something done about it.”

Clinton police Chief Paul Rinkle said the protesters will have an available spot across the street and the police will block the road. He expects the rally to stay peaceful.

“They have the right to protest. We support that right 100%. We don’t anticipate any problems. We are, however, prepared,” said Rinkel.

Rinkel thinks they’ll have normal patrols out, but will be alert to make sure everyone is safe.

“I don’t believe the Clinton Police Department, as a whole, is bad, but there’s bad apples in every bunch, and we just have to get rid of the bad apples,” said Meekins. “That’s all we’re trying to do.”