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Between 150 and 200 armed protesters peacefully marched on Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s (R) residence Saturday in protest of police killings of unarmed Black Americans, according to local reports, with some calling for specific Sooner State cases to be reopened.
The march was organized by 1,000 Brothers and Sisters in Arms, a gun rights group for people of color, and proceeded from Oklahoma City’s Ralph Ellison Library to the Governor’s Mansion, The Oklahoman reported. Stitt was not present at the mansion at the time, having traveled to Tulsa in advance of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project launches new ad hitting Trump over rally turnout Bolton defends not testifying: 'I don't think it would have made a difference' Bolton says he hopes history will remember Trump 'as a one-term president' MORE’s campaign rally that evening, it noted.
“We aren’t going to allow people to come into our communities and brutalize us,” event organizer Omar Chatman said before the event, The Oklahoman reported. “If you come into our community, know we are armed.”
Chatman also urged the crowd to “be civilized” and went on to condemn Stitt for “liv[ing] in a predominantly Black side of town but allow[ing] the police to execute us when we have our hands in the air.”
He specifically cited an “intolerable” incident in which two parole officers ordered two Black children, aged 5 and 8, onto the ground. He went on to say that "All too often on this side of town, police have acted as judge, jury and executioner."
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