Petition To Fire Major Travis Yates with the Tulsa Police Dept.

Petition To Fire Major Travis Yates with the Tulsa Police Dept.

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C​.​J. Weber-Neal started this petition to Chief Wendell Franks Tulsa Police Department and

Whereas Major Travis Yates is an commanding officer with the Tulsa Police Department in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

By his rank of Major, Travis Yates has supervision of the training, discipline, and conduct of police officers under his authority,

Major Yates of the Tulsa Police Department has made disturbing public claims thru media sources in June of 2020, stating that police officers "are shooting black people 24% less than they OUGHT to" for certain crimes. Major Yates states his belief of this was based on his research. Such beliefs pose an eminent danger to the civil rights and liberties of those who make up the minority population of Tulsa,

In regards to possible interactions with African Americans, we assert that such prejudical beleifs by a law enforcement officer will most assuredly influence the duties to be performed by them. We assert Major Yates in his capacity as a police officer or those who are under his supervision and/or command who believe this statement to be a fact would act in a detrimental way when interactions occur with people of color. This thereby places minority members of the community at a greater risk for unjustified bodily harm and/or possible death when interactions with Major Yates or Tulsa law enforcement officers under his supervision should occur, 

Major Yates has a radical, offensive, and disturbing history of publicly making both inflammatory and confrontational comments concerning his beliefs regarding law enforcement duties in Tulsa's minority communities during his service with the Tulsa Police Department. Past public statements have been so egregious that they resulted in documented transfers and/or disciplinary actions against Major Yates, 

Based upon these reasons stated in this petition, we the citizens of Tulsa call on Chief Wendell Franklin of the Tulsa Police Department, the members of the City Council of Tulsa, and Mayor G.T. Bynum of Tulsa to immediately terminate the employment of Major Travis Yates. We believe such action will be in the best interest of civil rights, public safety, and will go a long way to help improve interactions with Tulsa's African American communities and the city's law enforcement agency.

 

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