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Police Sgt. Jeff Crawford is breaking his routine. He’s leaving the office and climbing into his squad car because Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers and supporters are rallying at the state Capitol to demand more school funding.

Crawford is a school resource officer who normally works out of Douglass Mid-High School. He has left his post temporarily to check on elementary schools and community centers in eastern Oklahoma City that are feeding kids who depend on the meals they get in school.

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Oklahoma law enforcement agencies were among hundreds who participated in a nationwide investigation into underage human trafficking.  

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted Operation Cross Country XI last week, working in hotels, casinos, truck stops and street corners, as well as on the internet. Law enforcement recovered 84 minors and arrested 120 traffickers across the United States.

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Civil rights leaders and advocates for the deaf rallied in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, following the fatal police shooting of a deaf man.

The family of Magdiel Sanchez joined protesters in calling for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

Police officers were working a hit-and-run crash Tuesday when they found a vehicle that matched the description of the one that fled the scene. 

Sanchez was killed after police say he refused to drop a metal pipe while walking toward them. Witnesses say they tried to tell officers he was deaf. 

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Police in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night fatally shot a deaf man who they say was advancing toward them with a metal pipe as witnesses yelled that the man was deaf and could not hear them.

It's the fifth officer-involved shooting in the city this year, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Officers were responding to a hit-and-run accident around 8:15 p.m., Capt. Bo Mathews, the police department's public information officer, told reporters Wednesday. A witness of the accident told police a vehicle involved went to a nearby address.

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The Oklahoma City Council heard from the public Tuesday morning on bond and sales tax proposals that would inject more than $1.1 billion in funding for public safety and infrastructure.

Sgt. Mark Nelson of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police advocated for the funds going to public safety, noting that as Oklahoma City's population has grown in the past 20 years, police staffing numbers have remained about the same.

Oklahoma City’s police union, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123, is pushing the city’s police department to put more officers on the streets.

The union filed a grievance against the department April 12 that argued the department is understaffed by at least 200 officers, and is not meeting guidelines that require a certain number of officers per shift.

“[It’s] an officer safety issue,” said John George, FOP president.

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Oklahoma City’s police department is making no changes to its immigration policy following President Trump’s executive order against sanctuary cities.

Police Chief Bill Citty says while Oklahoma City isn’t a sanctuary city, his officers are also not proactive in enforcing immigration laws because it can erode trust in a community.

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Citizens are raising concerns about recent decisions by the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, a Black Lives Matter Organizer, says she’s worried a move by the police to allow officers to carry their personal rifles ends the wrong message to the community.

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Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty says he's reconsidered his previous position and now will allow officers to carry their personal rifles while on duty until the department buys additional weapons.

Citty told reporters Monday that he changed his mind after three officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Last week, Citty rejected the city's Fraternal Order of Police request to allow officers to carry personal rifles following the shooting deaths of five Dallas officers.

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