An Anti-Trump protester explained her motivation for coming to Trump’s Tulsa rally Saturday while being taken away.
She wore a “I can’t breathe” shirt and black head covering.
"Somebody has to do this."
A peaceful protester is arrested outside the location President Trump's rally will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/Nj23OgyOvX
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Per TheIndependent, 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.
“They’re arresting me,” she told several news crews following her arrest from the centre. “They’re putting cuffs on me. I’ve done nothing. I have tickets to this thing.”
Asked why she was demonstrating, she said: “Because of this.”
Earlier on Saturday, she was seen quietly walking alongside lines of people waiting to enter the centre before kneeling in prayer hours before the president was set to arrive.
On Friday, the president issued a threat to protesters outside his rally: “Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a much different scene!”
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.”