Police Arrest Peaceful Protester Sitting Alone By Trump Rally Venue
At the request of President Donald Trump's campaign personnel, the police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, arrested a single peaceful demonstrator in a black "I can't breathe" shirt that sat in front of the venue where Trump is expected to hold a rally on Saturday .
Shortly before noon, officials were seen grabbing the demonstrator's armpits before pulling her away. She was accused of entering even though she said she had an admission ticket to the rally.
The Tulsa Police Department said the woman, a Tulsa resident named Sheila Buck, was in a secure area that was only accessible to ticket holders.
The officials tried to persuade Buck to go alone before "being taken to the disability booking," the department said in a statement.
"Officials at the site, particularly those in the sterile area, will only remove people when directed by campaign personnel," the police said.
The incident was broadcast live by an MSNBC news team located near the entrance to the city's BOK center, which Trump supporters were already pouring into.
"I didn't do anything. I have tickets to this event," Buck said to the officers at some point.
When the police escorted Buck to a cruiser, Buck told reporters that she had come to show support for the nationwide protests against police brutality and racism that had been going on for weeks.
"Someone has to do that."
A peaceful protester is arrested on the spot where President Trump's rally will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday.
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Trump threatened "protesters, anarchists, agitators, pillagers or lowlifes going to Oklahoma" on Friday to discourage dissenters. "I understand you're not being treated the way you were in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a completely different scene! Trump tweeted.
Police across the country, particularly in New York, have been heavily criticized for using excessive force against demonstrators who have carried out demonstrations largely without violence.
A new wave of Black Lives Matter demonstrations was sparked by the death of George Floyd last month, a black man who died after a Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck. Floyd is just one of many black and black people killed by the police. Critics claim that they have been overfunded and undervalued for decades.
Trump will start his rally at 7 p.m. Local time in the city's BOK center, despite warnings from public health experts that a rally in the middle of a pandemic could lead to an increase in cases of COVID-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus.
However, the president apparently hopes to revive support for his reelection offer. Surveys have shown that Trump's popularity is waning due to his botched handling of the coronavirus crisis and protests.
The rally was postponed from Friday because it fell on June 19, a day commemorating the liberation of the last slave in the United States.
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