A woman named Sheila Buck was arrested at Donald Trump’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally on Saturday after sitting on the ground in protest while wearing a shirt that read “I can’t breathe.” The moment was caught as it happened live on MSNBC, who were broadcasting live from outside the BOK Center, according to Buzzfeed News. She was approached by Tulsa police, who told her to leave or she’d be removed.
“I have a ticket,” she responded, and was told they’d handcuff her. Moments later they followed through, taking her a short distance and handcuffing her.
“They’re arresting me! They’re arresting me!” Buck yelled to the reporters following her. “I’ve done nothing, I have tickets to this thing.”
"Somebody has to do this."— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 20, 2020
A peaceful protester is arrested outside the location President Trump's rally will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/Nj23OgyOvX
Buck identified herself as a Tulsa resident. When Trump announced his rally would take place in Tulsa on June 19th, it was seen as a deliberate and spitefully malicious move. The Tulsa Massacre was an event in which hundreds of Black men, women, and children were murdered by the KKK as the predominantly Black and wealthy town of Tulsa was looted and burned. June 19th is otherwise known as Juneteenth, a day that celebrates the Union army coming to Galveston, Texas, to tell enslaved people that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed—two years earlier.
Juneteenth is generally a day of celebration. Trump choosing that date and location was seen as an insult to the Black community, and Black Lives Matter protestors who have been gathering in every state for weeks to protest racist police violence. Buck’s shirt is both a reference to the murder of Minneapolis man George Floyd and to the death of Eric Garner, a man killed by police on Staten Island in 2014. Both men told the officers choking them, “I can’t breathe” before dying.
Later on Saturday, the Tulsa police posted about their arrest of Buck and said that they’d done it at the request of Trump campaign staff, and stated that Buck was in a private area of the rally:
👮♂️Arrest Made👮♂️This morning at 11:30 am Tulsa Police were requested by Trump Campaign Staff to remove an...Posted by Tulsa Police Department on Saturday, June 20, 2020
Many people thanked Buck for showing up to a place where she would be facing a great deal of hostility to stand up for what she believed in:
Tulsa police just arrested and removed a woman for “trespassing” at the Trump rally simply for wearing an “I can’t breathe” shirt. She had a ticket, did nothing wrong, and is a 20+ year Tulsa resident. #sheilabuck #MAGAts #FreeSpeech #Biden2020 pic.twitter.com/h4izqEcy1u— Paul Echo Hawk (@pechohawk) June 20, 2020
Sheila Buck, who was arrested outside the rally in Tulsa, is a mental health advocate, an arts patron, and a big fan of her city.— Katie Cooper (@thekatiecoop) June 20, 2020
She’s quoted in a 2013 story about the city’s renovated arts district. pic.twitter.com/wDICBMzuby
Here’s Sheila Buck being a brave badass before she was arrested.— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) June 20, 2020
Sheila Buck had a ticket to a Trump rally but was arrested by Tulsa PD for wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirt. pic.twitter.com/MTVay2u8mt— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) June 20, 2020
Had she showed up w/a Confederate Flag banner, all would be good: pic.twitter.com/d0JCl0wDRb
Sheila Buck is well-known and well-respected in Tulsa and Oklahoma in general.— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) June 20, 2020
The Trump campaign, Tulsa Police, and Mayor Bynum fucked up by having her arrested on live television. https://t.co/Eun4utdLFY
Tulsa Police officers arrest protester Sheila Buck for trespassing after she entered the safety barricade of President Donald Trump’s campaign rally. In earlier photo she was praying for peace and equality. #tulsa #TrumpRallyTulsa @tulsaworld https://t.co/990ueGd8EC pic.twitter.com/pDVvPbMmRD— Mike Simons (@mikesimonsphoto) June 20, 2020
🚨The illegal arrest of Sheila Buck is gonna backfire right in Tulsa PD’s face, Miss Buck is a well known high society member of the community council and very generous with her charitable contributions to causes like mental health. SCREW U TULSA PD— ♠️⚜️𝕄𝕚𝕤𝕤 𝔽ü𝕙𝕣𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕠𝕦𝕤⚜️♥️ (@MissFuhrerious) June 20, 2020
Sheila Buck used her privilege to stand up for something he believed in and she got arrested for it. Wonder what Trump will tweet about her?