Black Lives Matter OKC Protest Against Charges Filed In Connection With Earlier Protests

Thursday, July 2nd 2020, 4:43 pm
By: Kelsey Kernstine

Black Lives Matter OKC protested the district attorney's decision to file terrorism charges against protesters back in May.

More than 100 demonstrated in Oklahoma City's Kerr Park, fighting against the district attorney's charges on protesters.

Protesters spoke with disgust on terrorism charges and the hefty bond amounts.

The executive director of Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City, Sheri T. Dickerson, pleaded for protesters to call government leaders today to free those arrested in May's demonstrations.

"It seems familiar, like you have 18-, 19-, and 20-year-old children standing on an auction block. It feels like you're telling them they still need to be a slave to the systems of white supremacy, and they're freedom is still not in existence,” Dickerson said.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed charges against at least eight different protesters. They included terrorism, rioting and assault on an officer.

Several of those charged turned themselves in with bond amounts adding up to $2 million.

Black Lives Matter OKC organizers said they are doing everything they can to get the protesters out.

"We've been literally crowdfunding, and making calls, reaching out to national organizations to make the bill to get all of them out,” Dickerson said.

But several criticized the district attorney's decision on Thursday and said he's trying to make an example and it's an abuse of power.

"This DA is acting like a slave master and trying to punish these people so people out here won't want to protest,” Jabee Williams said.

“For people exercising their free speech and making their voice heard in the community, it's disgusting and absurd,” Scot Dodfrey said.

Black Lives Matter OKC protesters said they will continue to fight until their voices are heard and those charges are either reversed or reduced.