On July 17, CSC’s Melanie Poulter, Director of Innovative Data & Research and Program Manager for Tulsa Equality Indicators, in which CSC publishes in partnership with the City of Tulsa, served as a panelist at the City Council Special Meeting held at the Doenges Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center to review the report’s findings on police use of force.
The 2018 Equality Indicators report states that blacks are five times more likely than Hispanics and twice as likely as whites to experience officer use of force. The 2019 report shows improvement, with blacks three times more likely to experience use of force than either Hispanics/Latinos or whites.
However, the Tulsa Police Department and the police officers’ union have argued that the numbers are skewed because the calculation is based on population rather than arrests.
Poulter spoke at the meeting standing by CSC’s decision to base our calculation on population rather than arrests. “Police use of force is a public health issue,” Poulter said. “It impacts the social, emotional and physical well-being of the whole community, not just the individual directly involved.”
More than 200 people, including dozens of city officials and police officers, were in attendance for the five-hour-plus discussion between city councilors and panelists.
The event was covered by the Tulsa World at https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/government-and-politics/building-trust-between-police-and-community-focus-of-equality-indicators/article_94201b9d-7510-5f11-8498-7b4ea485cbd2.html
Photo credit: IAN MAULE/Tulsa World