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Written by a Tulsa police commander and worth the read. Nobody will want to be a cop unless things change, and soon.

THE DANGER IN THE MOVEMENT AGAINST POLICE.

......LOOKS LIKE ANTIFA AND THE OTHER ANARCHISTS HAVE WON. GOD HELP US !

Why I and many of my colleagues are quitting as US police officers
https://www.policeone.com/columnists/Travis-Yates/

Travis Yates is a serving police commander in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a doctoral student in Strategic Leadership, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and the author of "The Courageous Police Leader: A Survival Guide for Combating Cowards, Chaos & Lies”. This article was first published on lawofficer.com

After more than 27 years in the force, I’ve had enough. These protests and riots are the final straw. The nasty words we get called all the time have now turned into rocks, bottles and gunfire. It’s over, America: we are leaving. This is the hardest thing I have written.
I grew up in a law enforcement family. My father worked his way up to the rank of Captain at the Fort Smith, Arkansas, Police Department. As a kid I remember going with him on Friday to pick up his check and I was in awe of these super heroes he worked around.
My dad sacrificed a lot and so did my late mother. Whether it was the week-long surveillance or wiretap or chasing drug runners across the country, he gave it all for my family and worked plenty of extra details to never let our family be without. Some would call that privilege but where I grew up, it was called hard work.
The kids at school thought it was cool what my dad did and while he sometimes asked me if anyone gave me a hard time, they never did. There was respect among all… even the kids in shop class.

I didn’t grow up wanting to be a cop but one fateful night, as a freshman in college, that all changed.
I went on a ride along and my life’s journey would never be the same.
After four years of college my dad wanted me at an agency that respected that education so I moved to Tulsa (Oklahoma) at 21 years old and never looked back.
Now 27 years has passed and if you would have told me the condition of law enforcement today, I would have never believed you. It is like a nightmare only it's real!
It’s not that law enforcement has changed for the worse but everything around it has.
The mentally ill used to get treatment and now they just send cops. Kids used to be taught respect and now it’s cool to be disrespectful and act like a gang banger. To be defiant of any authority.

Supervisors used to back you when you were right but now they accuse you of being wrong in order to appease crazy people and the media.
Parents used to get mad at their kids for getting arrested but now they get mad at us for arresting their kids even when they have committed some of the worst crimes there are.
The media used to highlight the positive contribution our profession gave to society and now they either ignore it or twist the truth for controversy and a political agenda to line their own pockets.
There used to be a common respect among criminals. If they got caught, they understood you had a job to do but now it’s our fault they sit in handcuffs rather than their own personal choices and decisions.
If someone attacked a cop, they were seen as such. Now we martyr them and they sue for millions and courts back them instead of us.
We used to be able to testify in court and we were believed. Now, unless there is video proof from three different angles, no one cares what you have to say about the crime or the perpetrators.

With all this talk about racism and racist cops, I’ve never seen people treated differently because of their race And while I know that cowards that have never done this job will call me a racist for saying it, all I’ve ever seen was criminal behavior and cops trying to stop it and they didn’t ever give a rip what their skin color was.
I’ve seen cops help and save any type of race, gender or ethnicity you can think of and while that used to mean something, no one cares anymore.
I’ve been called every name you can think of and many of them with racial overtones and it’s never come from cops. I’ve watched African American cops take the brunt of this and even talked one rookie out of quitting after he was berated by a lot of cowards that had the same skin color as him. The term racist has lost all significance and meaning these days. It is applied to anybody the name callers don't happen to agree with. I’ve heard words I never heard before being a cop.
Uncle Tom, Cracker, Pig and the N Word just to name a few. I’ve heard them thousands of times and never once did I see a police officer retaliate. They just took it all and kept doing the job.

Despite that, it’s been the greatest opportunity of my life to do this job. I would have recommended it to anyone and I secretly hoped one of my kids would do it one day. They would have been a 4th Generation Cop.
But today, all of that is over. I wouldn’t wish this job on my worst enemy. I would never send anyone I cared about into the hell that this profession has become.
It’s the only job you can do everything right and lose everything.
It’s the only job where the same citizens you risk your life for hate you for it. It’s the only segment left in society where it’s cool to discriminate and judge, just because of the uniform you wear. You never get to explain. You can never reason with them. The nasty words have now turned into rocks and bottles and gunfire. I’ve watched it happen to those around me and I have seen the total destruction of their life. This job is a walking time bomb and you could get fired or prosecuted or even killed on the very next call, even if you do everything right. No other profession in the world has to deal with something like that.
Doctors kill 250,000 people a year. They call them “medical mistakes” because society understands that they do a very difficult job under high stress and they must make the best possible decision in the moment.
Law enforcement is tasked with the same situation and we are highly successful. Despite the most violent society we have ever seen, less than 1,000 suspects are killed a year. 96% are attacking us with weapons and all but a few others are attacking us with their cars or their fists and more and more with simulated guns so Benjamin Crump (an American civil rights attorney) can help their family win the lottery.

I’ve seen cops risk their own lives when they shouldn’t have… just to keep from taking a life. They never get the credit that other professions get.
Cowards are all around us. From chiefs to sheriffs to politicians, no one has our backs.
Now, with what little we have left, we are told they are going to defund us or even abolish us. Citizens with a political agenda will reign over us and all you have to do is wake up and put on a uniform to be a racist. This weekend I received death threats for just doing my job. It would have been outrageous a decade ago and made the national news. Now, it’s just Monday. No big deal.
There will be more threats, more accusations of racism and more lies told about us. All because of a few bad actors on the force.
I used to talk cops out of leaving the job. Now I’m encouraging them to do so.
It’s over America. You finally did it.

You aren’t going to have to abolish the police, because we won’t be around for it. And while I know most Americans still do appreciate us, it’s not enough and the risk is far too high.
Those of you that say thank you or buy the occasional meal, it means everything to us. But those of you that were silent while the slow turning of the knives in our backs happened by thugs and cowards, this is all on you.
Your belief in hashtags and memes over the truth has and will create an environment in your community that you will never expect. If you think Minneapolis will never turn into Mogadishu – it’s coming. It may already have arrived and is gaining momentum right now.
And when it does, remember what your complicity did to help it all along. This is the America you wanted and that you made. And when the criminals are breaking into your house, who are you going to call for help? Because you kicked us all to the curb.
 

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My only response is that the only way you would be for defunding the police is either 1) Your community has no crime and 2) You are a thug wanting free reign to pillage and destroy.

There is no other explanation to how "Looney" that is. Anyone in his right mind should gather up a posse and remove any Looney leader who allows this to happen. Why aren't local citizens removing these Criminal Politicians at gunpoint ?
 

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'remove from office" isn't enough IMO.
 

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These decisions are going to get people killed. A LOT OF PEOPLE! The George Floyd killing was wrong, but it's not wrong enough to let hundreds more get killed as a direct result of thugs protesting, and demanding a defunding. The worst and dumbest of the bunch is those that actually let these thugs bully them into doing it! Where does stupid stop?
 

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Everyone echoes removing corrupt, and insane politicians, and all the while no one is actually removing any one. We need to stop waiting for someone else to do it, and get up off our lazy buts and take our country back. While there is still a sliver of hope.
 

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These decisions are going to get people killed. A LOT OF PEOPLE! The George Floyd killing was wrong, but it's not wrong enough to let hundreds more get killed as a direct result of thugs protesting, and demanding a defunding. The worst and dumbest of the bunch is those that actually let these thugs bully them into doing it! Where does stupid stop?
Stupid never stops....until someone/a group, stops it..
 

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We all knew this was coming.

This is another case where stupid people are going to need to get burnt first and learn the hard way, rather than using simple Common Sense.

The real bad part of this of course is there is going to be people getting victimized or worse in the meantime, as mentioned above, before sensibility kicks back in.
 

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Written by a Tulsa police commander and worth the read. Nobody will want to be a cop unless things change, and soon.
Shark Bait,

Thank you for your contributions and all other current law enforcement personnel that share your perspective. The risk outweighs any potential gain to remain on the front line. The thin blue line has turned into the cross fire line.

There is one simple truth about the disproportionate contact with minorities no one will ever hear. LEO's respond to calls for help, regardless of skin color or neighborhood. It is not law enforcement's place to select where they respond. They simply show up to help when anyone calls. I truly feel bad for the most vulnerable in our society that live in high crime areas.

There was a statistical blip in death rates named the "Ferguson Effect". I wonder what this spike in killings will be remembered as? "BLM Effect" "Anita Effect" "Defund Effect"

I also believe there will be a mass exodus for social services workers. As they are put into the line of fire, I am sure they will also come to a similar conclusion. "It's just far too risky."
 

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I was a sheriff deputy for 35 years. 21 years retired now. My son followed me into law enforcement. He retires Aug. 1 this year. I treasure my years in police work, but I am so glad that we are both out of it now. Anyone thinking of going into law enforcement now, I respect your decision and wish you a long, safe and fulfilling tour. Stay safe, treat people with respect until they show you otherwise.
 

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I do sympathize and my sympathies go out to those that aren’t crooked , but from my experience there seems to be crooked cops everywhere from local,county, and state departments just to start with. I have been fortunate not to deal with any bad actors above the state police level.

I’m just your average Joe that works 12-14 hours a day 5-6-7 days a week and average 6 days a week pre Covid19 just to make ends meet.

I have many many many examples but will only give a two or three. I know my experience doesn’t mean all law enforcement ore bad but because of my many dealings I don’t trust a single one. I’ve even had them lie in court to cover up the lie that put us in court.

This one seaming innocent act.

I own a small trucking company and as such I purchased an additional power unit to hopefully expand my business. I purchased the unit at the south Dallas Kenworth dealer but the power unit was located in Greeley,Co.. The dealer flew me to DIA near Denver and bused me to Greeley. I then drove the power unit back down to the DFW area rather than pay to have it shipped.

I stopped in Amarillo Texas to get fuel as I wasn’t sure the unit had enough to make the next 5.5 hours down the road. Rewind to Colorado on a long stretch of empty highway I floored the truck to see how fast it would go and it topped out at 74mph which was 76/77 mph on my gps.

Now back to leaving Amarillo, somewhere between Amarillo and Childress Texas on a stretch of empty highway with my cruse set on 69 which averaged 71 on my gps out of nowhere red and blue lights were coming down the highway. I didn’t think much as I wasn’t even doing the posted speed “75” so I leaned back in my seat to ride and it wasn’t long before they were coming up my side. What caught my attention was they were going real slow for having their lights on.

Why you may ask? I know that’s what I asked myself so I turned off my cruse control and slowed down and they slowed down with me so I pulled over, so did they.
Before I could gather up all my papers to get out he was already opening my door and asking me to exit the truck.

See the officer also had a trainee with him and he wanted his trainee to see and be a part of the whole process. I got down and walked around to the front of the truck where they were already writing my info on a ticket. The ticket was already filled out except for my info and license number which was on front of the truck , so they couldn’t get it without coming up to the front.

I first thought it strange they already had the ticket filled out then they proceeded to ask the usual questions, then informed me of why I was being pulled over.
Why did I get pulled over ??????? You guessed it weather you think I was or wasn’t. That’s right, I was pulled over for speeding. Just how fast was I going??????? 86 in a 75 or 11 over the posted. Even better approximately 15 miles per hour faster than I was really going!!!!!!!!!!

FLAT OUT LIE !!!!!!!!!! And had that ticket not been dismissed would cause me a lot of real problems as CDL holders are not treated kindly for a ticket that’s 11mph over.

My first real run in with the law was for a DWI arrest that’s still on my record that I spent the better part of a weekend in jail for. A failure to signal lane change turned into a DWI arrest.
Problem was I didn’t drink at the time and I was 1 month over 21 at the time.

Eventually they had to let me go because they never did a bac/blood test, when the officer realized I wasn’t under the influence my file was conveniently lost for the week end then they tried to push me through the system during the arraignment off of officer says so only Monday morning. I was picked up Saturday night.

It was well known by those that knew the department “ people that were with different cities” that they were crooked. I won’t go to or threw Irving Texas in my personal vehicle period and try to avoid it in my company truck as well.

I had witnesses as well that I had not had any thing to drink that day and I’m not going to bore you with the follow the pin, walk the line, DWI roadside test story which don’t actually determine a person is dwi or not , but that’s what the officer were using in court to get me prosecuted for DWI with.

I have sever astigmatisms in both eyes and couldn’t pass the follow my pin trick to save my life in the day time much less night time and the wind was blowing 35+ across my walking path.

In both cases the officers were giggling and had shit eating grins on their faces because they knew there wasn’t thing one I could do about it but now it’s on my record to follow me around the rest of my life. These are only two of many many incidents. The DWI case died at arraignment for lack of evidence, the speeding ticket was dismissed after I had the dealership document the ecm settings and speedometer accuracy and another day off of my time to go to court to get it dismissed at an average of 1k a day every day in off.

I know there are many genuinely good cops in the police departments but as the saying goes “ it only takes one bad apple to ruin the barrel”.

I may not trust any law official but also recognize that they are a “in my view” a necessary evil.

This doesn’t mean I don’t show respect or that I believe that what’s going on today is right or justified but there is a real problem in law enforcement in general as well that need to be addressed. I have personally been screwed by officers that their actions and attitudes said “I can do what I want and not thing one you can do about it “..............

I had one officer that actually said when I asked why he pulled me over because I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I was genuinely concerned/interested in what I had done and he said it wasn’t a matter of if I was but rather what I was doing wrong and his investigation will reveal what I was doing that was illegal or wrong. So I was guilty and a perp before he even had my license in his hand and my only crime was driving down the highway.

After 50 questions and a thorough vehicle search he found nothing and never explained why I was pulled over before he left. He left me on the side of a busy highway by myself to pick up my things from where he threw them to put back in my vehicle.

I want to say again I don’t condone what’s going on but law enforcement across this great country has a lot of house cleaning to do to get these bad actors out or a better way to say it is to separate the wheat from the chaff.

On a side note I think Mr.Floyd was nothing but a low life thug that asked for what he got. You break the law then resist arrest you deserve what you get out of it. The police officer should not of continued or used his knee on Floyd’s neck. He knee was supposed to be in the middle of his back not on his neck and had his knee been in the middle of Floyd’s back he would not have died at that time.

Had Mr.Floyd complied with the officers demands and gone with the program he would not have got hurt and his bad health aside he would still be alive today. He certainly is the saint he has been made out to be.



I will always give the respect due to the Badge but not to the person wearing the badge without them earning it first.

I don’t get screwed with by law enforcement near as much as I did when I was young mainly because when I’m not working I’m at home and just don’t go out in public anymore especially in or near a big city if I don’t have to and when I do it’s in the middle of the day.

Almost every time I got screwed with or over by police was in the evening or night time.


The speeding ticket I referred to happened less than three years ago.


Now to the disrespect towards police offers by certain demographics, that’s the same people that claims racism is alive and well and it’s because they are the ones perpetuating the racism they claim to be victims of.
These are also the same people that claim if your white , Christian , or conservative that your automaticity racist.
Law enforcement and our conservative part of our citizenship have a long long roads ahead of us.

I end this with this.
My grandfather whom I have the greatest respect for was in the army in ww2 and fought the Japanese effectively from Australia all the way to japan. After the war he was a police officer for the Englewood or Littleton PD Colorado in the 50’s and 60’s and left the department for the same reasons. The corruption in the departments he dealt with and within the chain of command of his own police department.


I am only a small sample of one and even my friends are surprised over the years.


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I do sympathize and my sympathies go out to those that aren’t crooked , but from my experience there seems to be crooked cops everywhere from local,county, and state departments just to start with. I have been fortunate not to deal with any bad actors above the state police level.

I’m just your average Joe that works 12-14 hours a day 5-6-7 days a week and average 6 days a week pre Covid19 just to make ends meet.

I have many many many examples but will only give a two or three. I know my experience doesn’t mean all law enforcement ore bad but because of my many dealings I don’t trust a single one. I’ve even had them lie in court to cover up the lie that put us in court.

This one seaming innocent act.

I own a small trucking company and as such I purchased an additional power unit to hopefully expand my business. I purchased the unit at the south Dallas Kenworth dealer but the power unit was located in Greeley,Co.. The dealer flew me to DIA near Denver and bused me to Greeley. I then drove the power unit back down to the DFW area rather than pay to have it shipped.

I stopped in Amarillo Texas to get fuel as I wasn’t sure the unit had enough to make the next 5.5 hours down the road. Rewind to Colorado on a long stretch of empty highway I floored the truck to see how fast it would go and it topped out at 74mph which was 76/77 mph on my gps.

Now back to leaving Amarillo, somewhere between Amarillo and Childress Texas on a stretch of empty highway with my cruse set on 69 which averaged 71 on my gps out of nowhere red and blue lights were coming down the highway. I didn’t think much as I wasn’t even doing the posted speed “75” so I leaned back in my seat to ride and it wasn’t long before they were coming up my side. What caught my attention was they were going real slow for having their lights on.

Why you may ask? I know that’s what I asked myself so I turned off my cruse control and slowed down and they slowed down with me so I pulled over, so did they.
Before I could gather up all my papers to get out he was already opening my door and asking me to exit the truck.

See the officer also had a trainee with him and he wanted his trainee to see and be a part of the whole process. I got down and walked around to the front of the truck where they were already writing my info on a ticket. The ticket was already filled out except for my info and license number which was on front of the truck , so they couldn’t get it without coming up to the front.

I first thought it strange they already had the ticket filled out then they proceeded to ask the usual questions, then informed me of why I was being pulled over.
Why did I get pulled over ??????? You guessed it weather you think I was or wasn’t. That’s right, I was pulled over for speeding. Just how fast was I going??????? 86 in a 75 or 11 over the posted. Even better approximately 15 miles per hour faster than I was really going!!!!!!!!!!

FLAT OUT LIE !!!!!!!!!! And had that ticket not been dismissed would cause me a lot of real problems as CDL holders are not treated kindly for a ticket that’s 11mph over.

My first real run in with the law was for a DWI arrest that’s still on my record that I spent the better part of a weekend in jail for. A failure to signal lane change turned into a DWI arrest.
Problem was I didn’t drink at the time and I was 1 month over 21 at the time.

Eventually they had to let me go because they never did a bac/blood test, when the officer realized I wasn’t under the influence my file was conveniently lost for the week end then they tried to push me through the system during the arraignment off of officer says so only Monday morning. I was picked up Saturday night.

It was well known by those that knew the department “ people that were with different cities” that they were crooked. I won’t go to or threw Irving Texas in my personal vehicle period and try to avoid it in my company truck as well.

I had witnesses as well that I had not had any thing to drink that day and I’m not going to bore you with the follow the pin, walk the line, DWI roadside test story which don’t actually determine a person is dwi or not , but that’s what the officer were using in court to get me prosecuted for DWI with.

I have sever astigmatisms in both eyes and couldn’t pass the follow my pin trick to save my life in the day time much less night time and the wind was blowing 35+ across my walking path.

In both cases the officers were giggling and had shit eating grins on their faces because they knew there wasn’t thing one I could do about it but now it’s on my record to follow me around the rest of my life. These are only two of many many incidents. The DWI case died at arraignment for lack of evidence, the speeding ticket was dismissed after I had the dealership document the ecm settings and speedometer accuracy and another day off of my time to go to court to get it dismissed at an average of 1k a day every day in off.

I know there are many genuinely good cops in the police departments but as the saying goes “ it only takes one bad apple to ruin the barrel”.

I may not trust any law official but also recognize that they are a “in my view” a necessary evil.

This doesn’t mean I don’t show respect or that I believe that what’s going on today is right or justified but there is a real problem in law enforcement in general as well that need to be addressed. I have personally been screwed by officers that their actions and attitudes said “I can do what I want and not thing one you can do about it “..............

I had one officer that actually said when I asked why he pulled me over because I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I was genuinely concerned/interested in what I had done and he said it wasn’t a matter of if I was but rather what I was doing wrong and his investigation will reveal what I was doing that was illegal or wrong. So I was guilty and a perp before he even had my license in his hand and my only crime was driving down the highway.

After 50 questions and a thorough vehicle search he found nothing and never explained why I was pulled over before he left. He left me on the side of a busy highway by myself to pick up my things from where he threw them to put back in my vehicle.

I want to say again I don’t condone what’s going on but law enforcement across this great country has a lot of house cleaning to do to get these bad actors out or a better way to say it is to separate the wheat from the chaff.

On a side note I think Mr.Floyd was nothing but a low life thug that asked for what he got. You break the law then resist arrest you deserve what you get out of it. The police officer should not of continued or used his knee on Floyd’s neck. He knee was supposed to be in the middle of his back not on his neck and had his knee been in the middle of Floyd’s back he would not have died at that time.

Had Mr.Floyd complied with the officers demands and gone with the program he would not have got hurt and his bad health aside he would still be alive today. He certainly is the saint he has been made out to be.



I will always give the respect due to the Badge but not to the person wearing the badge without them earning it first.

I don’t get screwed with by law enforcement near as much as I did when I was young mainly because when I’m not working I’m at home and just don’t go out in public anymore especially in or near a big city if I don’t have to and when I do it’s in the middle of the day.

Almost every time I got screwed with or over by police was in the evening or night time.


The speeding ticket I referred to happened less than three years ago.


Now to the disrespect towards police offers by certain demographics, that’s the same people that claims racism is alive and well and it’s because they are the ones perpetuating the racism they claim to be victims of.
These are also the same people that claim if your white , Christian , or conservative that your automaticity racist.
Law enforcement and our conservative part of our citizenship have a long long roads ahead of us.

I end this with this.
My grandfather whom I have the greatest respect for was in the army in ww2 and fought the Japanese effectively from Australia all the way to japan. After the war he was a police officer for the Englewood or Littleton PD Colorado in the 50’s and 60’s and left the department for the same reasons. The corruption in the departments he dealt with and within the chain of command of his own police department.


I am only a small sample of one and even my friends are surprised over the years.


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I don't discount that corruption exist but not all are that way. Seems that in Blue Looney run states it is more prevailant. My take it if the corruption is high up (and most times it is) you can expect a trickle effect moving down the ranks because of the culture:
 

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I don’t hate more dislike the police, at this point in my life I just consider them a necessary evil.

I don’t discount that there are a lot of really good people in law enforcement. Just because I don’t trust any as far as I can see them until proven otherwise don’t mean I support what’s going or that it’s somehow justified, Let me be clear “it is not should it be”.

I support the need for law and order and I do support police and personally know a few.

BLUE LIVES MATTER


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Written by a Tulsa police commander and worth the read. Nobody will want to be a cop unless things change, and soon.
The problem is that many departments nationwide never bothered to wean out the bad cops. And I know there are bad cops. These are the one's who are going to bring down a whole department because of their actions. Many/bad Cops nowadays don't know how to communicate with people when they confront them, and so this is what it has come too. Mutual Respect can go a very long way. Because at the end of the day, bad cops are going reap what they sow. And the sad part is, good cops are losing the respect they deserve from the people they serve.
 

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Yup they didn’t clean their own house, now they are being called out. Worse than that they actively protect bad cops.
Truth is always in the middle..
 

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I find most that don’t like cops are those who have attitude problems. I’m 70 got several speeding tickets and some other minor stuff when younger. Never any criminal type things. I every case I got what I deserved, or less. Only because I wasn’t a loud mouth. A lot of idiots with big mouths make things a lot worse than they have to be.
 

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Tulsa uproar .........If you can't figure out what happened here, what the problem is ..........YOU are part of the problem.
 
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