Protesters Block Streets After Verdict

May 18, 2017


Protesters outside of the downtown Library
Credit KWGS News

Demonstrators blocked a main road in downtown Tulsa for a short period of time after a police officer was found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed black man.

Earlier, a protest had dispersed but some demonstrators gathered later a short distance away from the courthouse where the trial of officer Betty Jo Shelby had been held.

Police stood about a block away and announced through a loudspeaker that protesters should disperse or police might use a chemical agent to break up the demonstration. The road was eventually cleared and the protesters voluntarily moved to a nearby street corner.