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This article was archived on 7/3/2019

Council Announces Dates and Panelists for July Meetings on Equality Indicators

The Tulsa City Council announced the date and panelists for the second of four special meetings on select topics from the City of Tulsa's 2018 and 2019 Equality Indicator reports.

The second special meeting will cover the report's findings regarding racial disparities in police use of force and current practices to improve outcomes on Wednesday, July 17, in the Liddy Doenges Theatre at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. The Council will hear from and ask questions of panelists of experts and community representatives.

This special meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m., after the conclusion of an abbreviated, regularly scheduled Council meeting at 5 p.m. in City Hall.

The panelists for the second meeting are: Melanie Poulter, Equality Indicators Project Manager at the Community Service Council; Dr. Jennifer Lynn Eberhardt, Psychology Professor at Stanford University and author of the book "Biased"; Michael W. Brose, Director and CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma; Chief Egunwale Fagbenro Amusan, President of the Tulsa African Ancestral Society; and Deputy Chief Jonathan Brooks and Captain Thaddeus Espy from the Tulsa Police Department.

In March, Councilors voted to take citizen comments and suggested questions on the equality indicator topics one week in advance of each special meeting. The early public comment period will allow the Council to incorporate citizen feedback into its panel discussions. Public input for the second topic will be received during the regular Wednesday Council meeting on July 10 at 5 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 175 E. 2nd St.

Citizens wishing to speak on the second topic should complete a Request to Speak card in-person July 10, prior to the agenda item being read. Council staff will begin accepting Request to Speak cards at 4 p.m. on July 10 in the Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall, 175 E. 2nd St. Council rules will be adjusted for this item to allow for more individuals to provide public input. Each speaker will have up to three minutes to address the Council, with a maximum of one hour dedicated to receive this public input.

In August and September, the Council will host special meetings on the two remaining equality indicator topics: minority and gender underrepresentation in the police department and current practices to improve recruitment and retention of minority officers, and racial and gender disparities in police arrests of adults

Citizens can also contact their Councilor directly on any matter by phone or email. Councilor contact information can be found on the Council website, tulsacouncil.org , or by calling 918-596-1990.