City leaders frustrated by ‘inadequate leadership’ from state, county during pandemic

Emails from cities across Oklahoma show fear, confusion, and some defiance and dismissiveness early on as the coronavirus began to take hold in the state.
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Tulsa County cancels Immigration and Customs Enforcement jail contract

Though Monday’s vote means that the contract to hold immigration detainees for ICE at the jail will end in 90 days, it does not end the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office’s contract with the federal agency to hold and turn over to ICE people with suspected immigration violations who are initially booked in to the jail on other complaints, known as the 287(g) program.
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Heated confrontations at Trump rally, but interactions remain largely nonviolent

Protestors and Trump supporters engaged in verbal, and sometimes heated confrontations, but demonstrations were largely nonviolent.
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Amid pandemic and protests, Trump relaunches campaign in Tulsa

Donald Trump relaunched his reelection campaign Saturday in Tulsa, hosting a rally that inflamed national debates on race, the coronavirus and the general tenor of the country less than five months before the next presidential election. 
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In surprise, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum rescinds downtown curfew around Trump rally

Less than a day after enacting a curfew covering a portion of downtown that includes the BOK Center, the site of President Donald Trump’s planned rally this weekend, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum surprisingly rescinded the curfew on Friday afternoon. 
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‘We would have said no:’ BOK Center management said they would have turned down Trump had Tulsa Mayor told them to

As Tulsa prepares to host thousands of people downtown, and health officials warn about infections and possible deaths as a result of the rally, the group that manages the BOK Center said during a public meeting Thursday they were “looking for” Tulsa’s mayor to tell them to turn down the event.
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Tulsa County looks to end jail bed, transport contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency

While ending the contract would mean Tulsa County would no longer supply jail beds to house and transportation services to ICE detainees, it does not end the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office’s participation in the 287(g) program.
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Trial date set in state’s attempt to access virtual school records

The chamber claimed that if Epic's management company were forced to give up financial records it would set a precedent for any other private companies that do business with the government. 
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Norman council reduces police budget as cities confront calls to cut PD spending

Norman's city council eventually agreed to take $865,000 out of the next fiscal year's police budget and divert it to community outreach programs. 
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‘This is just the start’: The push to change policing in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City council will soon consider whether to study significant changes to some of the fundamental elements of policing and how the city responds to some of its greatest challenges, including mental health, homelessness and domestic violence. 
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