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.

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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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