After an open records request was filed by The Oklahoman, the Norman Police Department will show the surveillance video associated with the Joe Mixon case to members of the media at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
Copies of the tape will not be made available. The department will not allow any cameras or image recording devices during the viewing.
Mixon, 18, was charged with misdemeanor acts resulting in gross injury stemming from an early morning incident July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of the campus.
Mixon allegedly punched 20-year-old OU student Amelia Rae Molitor following a confrontation at the restaurant. Molitor suffered a fractured jaw, fractured cheek bone, fractured sinus and fractured orbital bone.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Molitor told officers at the scene that Mixon directed a gay slur toward her male friend.
The affidavit said the video showed Molitor pushing Mixon, who then lunged at her. Molitor reacted by slapping Mixon, who then hit Molitor with his closed fist. Molitor fell into a table and then to the ground, where she was unconscious, as Mixon fled the scene.
Mixon pleaded not guilty last month. The five-star running back recruit is scheduled for another court appearance Sept. 23. Molitor was not charged in the incident.
On the same day as his initial appearance, Mixon was suspended from the football team for the season.
At Mixon’s appearance, Cleveland County District Judge Steve Stice restricted both parties in the case from disseminating the video. The next day, the judge issued an order clarifying his original edict “was not nor is it intended to restrict members of the public from seeking and acquiring any material allowed by law.”
Norman City Attorney Rick Knighton told the Tulsa World on Tuesday he determined under the current open records law, police had to make the tape available for viewing but not to provide physical copies.
Effective Nov. 1, a change in the law makes it explicit that copies of records covered under the act are to be made available as well.
Mixon was in attendance for at least part of Oklahoma’s Tuesday practice.
OU DEFENDERS: NO FRONT 7 BETTER
Several Oklahoma defensive standouts said this week that the Sooners’ front seven was the best in the country.
“I believe so,” linebacker Dominique Alexander said when asked about another player’s boast on the OU defensive line and linebackers. “We take that to practice every day.
“No one should be able to run the ball on us. If we stop the run game, it makes the offense one dimensional and they have to throw the ball.”
Louisiana Tech ran for just 54 yards — averaging 1.9 yards per carry — in Saturday’s season opener.
The secondary has certainly noticed.
“The pressure they put on the guys makes the game a lot easier on the back end and makes the game a lot funner,” cornerback Zack Sanchez said.
HUNNICUTT CLOSING IN ON RECORD
Before Saturday’s opener against Louisiana Tech, former Sooners and current Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray texted Sooners coach Bob Stoops.
“Coach, don’t kick too many field goals this year because you have to keep my record intact,” Murray said.
Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt scored 12 points — two field goals and six extra points — in Saturday’s 48-16 win to move within 27 points of tying Murray’s all-time Sooners scoring record.
Murray texted Stoops back later and said he hoped Hunnicutt broke the record.
Stoops said he wished he would’ve gotten Hunnicutt one more field-goal try, expressing regret at going for it on fourth down.
“I told him we should have kicked one of them to get him a long field goal,” Stoops said. “It would have been good early in the year to get a good long one in.”
The Sooners twice went for it on fourth down from the 33, which would’ve given Hunnicutt a 50-yard try.
SHEPARD GETS STIFFED BY OFFICIAL
After scoring a touchdown midway through the first quarter Saturday, Sterling Shepard’s attempt to give side judge Craig Faulkner a high-five was rebuffed.
As Shepard stuck out his right hand while walking back to the sideline, Faulkner slid his right hand behind his back.
Shepard tweeted a television clip of the sequence on Sunday, posting “Why did he do me like that?”
“That thing was buzzing on Twitter,” Shepard said. “I tried to give him a high-five, but I guess he wasn’t having it. He kinda dismissed me with the olé, but I’ll try to do it again.”