Gov. Stitt Authorizes OHP, National Guard To Provide Support During Protests

Oklahoma City and Tulsa saw days of protests over the weekend.

In Oklahoma City, the protests ended in clashes with police. A curfew was implemented for parts of downtown Oklahoma City from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Gov. Kevin Stitt released a statement and said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and National Guard have been authorized to provide support as needed at the request of local communities.

Read the full statement below:

“Yesterday’s demonstrations contained many powerful moments of Oklahomans coming together to make their voices heard and express their First Amendment rights safely. As many of the leaders of yesterday’s events have echoed, things started to change after the organized demonstration ended. I will continue to stand with Oklahomans who choose to peacefully demonstrate, but we cannot stand for violence or damage to property.
"At the request of local communities, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the National Guard have been authorized to provide support as needed. These hardworking Oklahomans are our friends and neighbors who step up in times of need, including to protect peaceful demonstrators. Violence and damage to property goes against the Oklahoma Standard and is a distraction designed to keep us from uniting together to change for the better.”