Police Chief Gourley discusses use of force investigations in wake of George Floyd’s death, criticism against OKCPD “As we hear about the next rollout of investment of hundreds of millions of our dollars in policing, we still have a police force that is disproportionately violent,” said Nicole McAfee, American Civil Liberties Union Director of Policy and Advocacy.
Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley acknowledged the city is seeing a trend. “As we enter another municipal budget cycle, Oklahoma City Government is responding by taking comments from city residents and not by listening to them and deeply responding to the needs,” said McAfee.
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According to the Police Department’s presentation, only 1.7 percent of 1,066 arrests have resulted in a use of force, and there haven’t been any formal complaints. “All around the country, there has been a trend of violent crime being on an uptick,” said Gourley. “So, we wanted to figure out better ways to address that, and we had noticed that it has started within Oklahoma City over the last few years, too.”
“Our goal is to simulate realistic critical incidents through scenario-based training and continually enhanced each officer’s ability to adapt to stress, to make sound tactical decisions that further our commitment to the sanctity of life,” said Gourley. However, Chief Gourley said the department has been listening to the community feedback. Public response is the reason behind its new reality-based training program.
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