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Edmond police not releasing assault details

Edmond police are investigating an assault on Edmond insurance agent Michael Wayne Thomas but are releasing little information.
Oklahoman Published: October 1, 2012


Crime report


EDMOND — Police last week released a one-page report about the assault on insurance agent Michael Wayne Thomas, but blacked out his name and the name of a witness.

The report also contained no summary of what happened beyond the words: “ASSAULT AND BATTERY.”

The Oklahoma Open Records Act requires law enforcement agencies to release “initial offense report information showing ... a brief summary of what occurred.” Detectives still are investigating the assault.

The police department faced criticism last year for not releasing initial offense report information in two high-profile cases. Attorney General Scott Pruitt in January wrote the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police about the issue.

“The state Legislature has made it clear in this regard that a police department's initial offense report or cover sheet should be open for public inspection, regardless of its inclusion in an investigation file,” Pruitt wrote. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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