Okla. Co. Commissioners Pull Back On Protest Restriction Proposal

Oklahoma County Commissioners heard from the public for the time in 151 days. The first time since Commission Chair Kevin Calvey ended public comments due to COVID-19.

For an hour and a half, commissioners heard from protesters, civil rights advocates and concerned citizens. Many spoke against a proposed ordinance on the agenda that would have placed restrictions on protests on county property.

Wednesday, Commissioners voted to delay voting on the proposal till Friday, August 14.

“It was described to me as something that would help protect jury impartiality and would protect court proceedings from being shouted down or things like that,” Calvey said. “Upon further examination and having received public input from a number of folks, it became clear that this proposal is an undue burden on free speech.”

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