At the request of the Donald Trump campaign, Tulsa police say they arrested a woman in an “I can’t breathe” shirt after she wouldn’t willingly leave a secure area for the event Saturday morning.
Sheila Buck of Tulsa was booked into the Tulsa County jail on a complaint of obstructing officers. The Police Department posted on Twitter that Buck was in an area considered to be private for the event, meaning Trump’s campaign could have people removed at the campaign’s discretion.
The encounter unfolded in downtown Tulsa. Nearly 12 hours later, Buck sat exhausted in an SUV near continuing protests as she recounted her story to a Tulsa World reporter.
“What’s going through my mind? Disbelief that this is happening in Tulsa, Oklahoma,” Buck said. “I’m just thankful I’m white and I haven’t been shot. My white privilege.”
Buck said she is a kindergarten through eighth grade teacher at the School of Saint Mary and has lived in Tulsa for more than 40 years.
She said she had planned to attend the Black Lives Matter protest later in the day but noticed that the group stated that it didn’t intend to go near the BOK Center. Buck, who lives downtown, said she heard Trump’s supporters in the streets and wanted to take in those sights early.
Buck put on her black “I Can’t Breathe” shirt and walked to the barricade near the BOK, where she said security let her through. She said she didn’t make it far, though, as Trump campaign folks quickly swarmed her.
Buck said she kept reiterating that she had a ticket but that Trump’s campaign people wanted her to walk out. She said she sat down on the ground because she wasn’t going to walk away.
She said police ultimately handcuffed her and dragged her away.
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