Judge: Norman City Council illegally cut police budget
December 4, 2020
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge ruled in favor of a police union that sued the Norman City Council for cutting the police budget amid calls from protesters to "defund the police" after the May death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Carter County Associate District Judge Thomas K. Baldwin ruled Thursday that the council violated the state Open Meetings Act when it voted to slash $865,000 from the police budget and reallocate the money during a June meeting. The Norman Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 122, sued the city in July.
Baldwin wrote that a required notice for the council's J...