Trump campaign told police to remove peaceful protester arrested outside Tulsa rally

Tulsa Police place Sheila Buck into custody outside Tulsa’s BOK Centre before Donald Trump’s campaign rally on 20 June.                                                  ( AFP via Getty Images )

At the request of Donald Trump‘s campaign, police arrested an Oklahoma demonstrator on live television moments after she was seen praying outside the president’s rally, though she said she had a ticket to attend.

Sheila Buck, who was wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt to memorialise black Americans killed by police, was accused of “trespassing” by Tulsa officers who dragged her away from the city’s BOK Centre on Saturday.

Ms Buck was placed into a police cruiser and booked with “obstruction”, according to police, though she wasn’t impeding any foot traffic or blocking any access to the area.

The campaign asked police to “remove” Ms Buck, who was booked for obstruction, according to the Tulsa Police Department.

“This morning at 11.30am Tulsa Police were requested by Trump campaign staff to remove an individual from the secure area of the rally,” police said in a statement. “Tulsa Police spoke to the arrestee, Ms Buck, for several minutes trying to convince her to leave on her own accord. After several minutes requesting her to leave she continued to refuse to cooperate and was escorted out of the area and transported to booking for obstruction.”

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