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House resolution praises community, law officers for response to north Tulsa shootings

One lawmaker voices disappointment that the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are coming to Tulsa to speak on the recent Good Friday shooting spree that left three dead and two injured.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: April 13, 2012

The House of Representatives adopted a resolution Thursday praising the work of law enforcement officers and the cooperation of Tulsa citizens after last week's killing spree on the city's north side.

But one lawmaker said he's disappointed that the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are coming to Tulsa to talk about the slayings.

“I hope that you and the rest of the black caucus will discourage these guys, who tend to thrive on traveling the country and playing on people's emotions, not to do that in this, and leave this up to the local people who have done such a good job in handling this,” Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, told Rep. Jabar Shumate, the author of Senate Concurrent Resolution 35.

Jackson is to meet with north Tulsa ministers and elected officials Friday and hold a public rally Saturday at First Baptist Church North Tulsa. Jackson has said the shootings were a pattern of attacks on blacks across the nation and that the federal government needs to investigate. Sharpton is speaking Sunday at Greater Union Baptist Church.

“That is not anything that we are coordinating,” said Shumate, D-Tulsa. “We can't control where people go. It's a free country. Our focus has been on trying to bring justice to these families and we've worked with local law enforcement to do it.”

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