The Tulsa City Council announced the date and panelists for the first of four special meetings on select topics from the City of Tulsa's 2018 and 2019 Equality Indicators reports.
The first special meeting will cover the report's findings regarding racial and gender disparities in police arrests of juveniles on Wednesday, June 26, in the Williams Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center at 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 first meeting are: Doris L. Fransein, former chief judge of Tulsa County Juvenile Court; Melanie Poulter, Community Service Council; Paula Royce, Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau; Greg Robinson, citizen representative; and Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish and Officer Jesse Guardiola 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 first topic will be received during the regular Wednesday Council meeting on June 19 at 5 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 175 E. 2nd St.
Citizens wishing to speak on the first topic should complete a Request to Speak card in-person June 19, prior to the agenda item being read. Council staff will begin accepting Request to Speak cards at 4 p.m. on June 19 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.
Later this year, the Council will host special meetings on three other equality indicator topics: racial and gender disparities in police arrests of adults, racial disparities in police use of force and current practices to improve outcomes, and understanding and addressing minority and gender underrepresentation in the police department and current practices that are in place to improve recruitment and retention of minority officers in the department.
Councilors will also receive comments and input from citizens on all four topics at a Community Listening Session on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rudisill Regional Library at 1520 N. Hartford Ave.
And citizens are always welcome to 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.