Oklahoma City


Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt issued new restrictions ahead of the holiday weekend, in an effort to prevent another rise in cases.

In a press conference Wednesday, Holt said the restrictions are targeted based on the places the virus is spreading, according to Oklahoma County contact tracers. Specifically, they address restaurants, bars and venues with theater-style seating, such as churches.

The restrictions take effect Friday, July 3 and last for two weeks. They include the following:

Oklahoma City Fire Department officials say as of Thursday morning, 94 firefighters are being quarantined after 10 tested positive for COVID-19.

Oklahoma City Fire Department officials say so far no personnel have been hospitalized from COVID-19. By Monday, at least 46 firefighters are expected to be released from quarantine.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

In the state’s largest city, the public often doesn’t hear the details on complaints filed against police or the investigations they prompt. But, a group of Oklahoma City activists is now calling for a new system of oversight in response to police violence.


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.

Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, St. Luke’s Children’s Center in Oklahoma City got a terrifying call from health officials. The virus was in their facility. StateImpact’s Robby Korth takes you inside St. Luke’s to see how child care providers are battling the pandemic.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

A video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of an unarmed black man as he died sparked widespread outrage last week. In response, Oklahomans staged massive protests against police violence. StateImpact’s Quinton Chandler reports how Oklahoma City officials and police are responding to protesters demanding more proportionate policing of black Oklahomans.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police declared their support for city police chief Wade Gourley Tuesday after Black Lives Matter activists demanded the chief's resignation.

The police union believes Gourley didn’t do anything wrong in his handling of the police response to protesters demanding reform. The union president, John George, says police were justified in using tear gas, rubber bullets and other weapons against protesters.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

After leading a massive protest this weekend, Black Lives Matter issued a long list of demands for police reform on Monday from the steps of Oklahoma City Hall.

The Oklahoma City chapter of the group launched their latest protest after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

The activists want protestors arrested over the weekend released, more deescalation training for police, an apology from Mayor David Holt and Police Chief Wade Gourley, and they want Gourley to resign.

Mairead Todd / KOSU

Demonstrators gathered at NE 36th Street and Kelley Avenue in northeast Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week.

Thousands of people rallied at the demonstration organized by Black Lives Matter OKC before many of them marched south to the state capitol. The protest was largely peaceful and incident-free, as community members passed out water, grilled food and chanted support for marchers.

Mairead Todd / KOSU

Oklahoma City Police officers fired rubber bullets, flash bangs and tear gas into a crowd of demonstrators early Sunday morning, during a protest and march that lasted several hours.