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“I would have shot him myself.”

Oklahoma County District Attorney candidate Kevin Calvey, in a primary forum last year, regarding the police killing of 15-year-old Stavian Rodriguez outside of a convenience store last year. Oklahoma City police have rarely faced criminal charges for police shootings, but current District Attorney David Prater broke that pattern in 2021 when he charged five officers for Rodriguez’s killing. Calvey has said that he would “support the police, not persecute them.” (Bolts — Oct. 24, 2022)

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