Kyle Phillips / The Norman Transcript

The City of Norman is divided. The local government chose to carve money away from the police department’s budget to pay for community welfare and outreach. But, some voters saw the decision as an attack on police and are calling for a change in leadership, a police group is suing the city, and activists say they are being harassed online.

State Senate candidate and former Norman City Councilmember Alex Scott says state investigators looking into her neighbor's rape violated Scott's rights when Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents seized her phone.

Late last month, Scott’s duplex neighbor told police a strange man broke into her home and raped her.

Norman Makes Face Masks Mandatory

Jul 8, 2020

Starting immediately, face masks must be worn in the City of Norman.

The Norman City Council adopted an ordinance late Tuesday night that requires the use of face coverings in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The vote comes as Oklahoma had its highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with 858 new cases.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the rally for President Trump coming up on Saturday at the BOK Center in Tulsa and the Norman City Council votes to redistribute $865,000 from the police department to other services.

An eleven-hour meeting in Norman Tuesday night ended with the city council voting to cut $865,000 from the police department’s budget. The money will be spent on community support programs instead.

The cut comes after Norman residents called for major changes to policing as part of a nationwide wave of protests against police killings.


Alison Williams said her first run-in with school resource officers was traumatic.

She remembers being handcuffed as a 12-year-old Irving Middle School student after getting in a fight with someone she said was bullying her. After the dust settled, administrators at her school took action. 

“They spent over 30 minutes looking for a police officer to put me in cuffs, to put me in a cop car, to tell my mom that she has to come pick me up from the jailhouse,” she said.

Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

Hundreds gathered for a march honoring George Floyd in Norman Tuesday afternoon.

The peaceful march started on a bridge overlooking Interstate 35 and headed east on Main Street before veering off to gather in front of the Norman Police Department.

The marchers ⁠— mostly young people ⁠— called for justice and fair practices from police.

Seventeen-year-old Norman North High School students Aiden Walker and King Eflim said it was important to make sure people in the city could see them marching with Black Lives Matter signs.

Residents are recovering at the first nursing home to see an outbreak of COVID-19 in the state. More than 40 people at Grace Skilled Nursing and Therapy in Norman have recovered.

Ten people died since the outbreak began in March, with the disease infecting a total of 72 residents and ten employees.

The total number of COVID-19 deaths associated with state nursing homes and long-term care facilities stands at 111 so far in the state.


Big 12 college football could be returning this fall.

Oklahoma could release up to 14 prisoners at high risk for COVID-19.

126 individuals were classified as having severe medical needs, but only 14 met the eligibility requirements for medical parole.

Corrections officials say the inmates couldn’t be serving time for a violent crime, have a history of domestic violence or have to register as a sex offender upon release.

The state’s Pardon and Parole Board will hear an emergency medical parole docket on May 13.


The Cherokee Nation has joined five other tribes from California, Arizona, Wyoming and Washington in a lawsuit against the federal government, saying they have yet to receive their federal COVID 19 relief funds.

President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act on March 27, which required the treasury department to send the money no later than thirty days after the signing.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the federal government owes tribes $8 billion in CARES Act funds.