BLM Issues New Demands In Downtown OKC March

Saturday, June 13th 2020, 9:00 pm
By: Brian Mueller


The Black Lives Matter march started at city hall and ended in front of the Oklahoma City Police Department where protesters demanded to speak with OCPD Chief Wade Gourley.

Black Lives Matter OKC chapter President T. Sheri Dickerson, Councilwoman Nikki Nice and Congresswoman Kendra Horn were among the speakers in front of city hall.

The protest then took to the streets and ended at police department headquarters where protesters yelled for Chief Gourley to meet them. Gourley did not attend the protest.

"What we need more than anything is for them to be down here, at a protest like this, and speak to the people," Black Lives Matter OKC protester Joshua Harris-Till said.

Black Lives Matter OKC also listed several new demands, including reopening the investigation into the death of Edmond teen Isaiah Lewis, who was shot and killed by police when they responded to a domestic disturbance call in April 2019.

The group also wants death row inmate Julius Jones freed. Jones was convicted of first-degree murder in 2002 but maintains his innocence.

Based on the body cam video released earlier this week in the 2019 death of Derrick Scott, Black Lives Matter OKC wants the officer fired who said, "I don't care," in response to Scott who said, "I can't breathe."

All three officers involved were cleared of any wrongdoing by the DA's office.

"It's sad that we have to wait a year for a video to be released for people to actually start hearing the message that we've been screaming at the top of our lungs for so long," Harris-Till said.

Black Lives Matter OKC said it will continue to occupy spaces every day until their demands are met.