Campaign Controversy - Was Police Report Release Improper?
Tuesday it was the mayor's daughter giving a long cold stare to Kathy Taylor as she handed out a police report about a Taylor intern who had been tracking her father.
"This is not the way to do things in Tulsa, Oklahoma," said Mayor Bartlett.
But 24 hours later, that stare was coming back at the Bartletts.
"A policy should never be broken for purely political reasons, and that's exactly what happened," said Taylor campaign manager Monroe Nichols, discussing just how that report became public in the first place, when TPD reports are normally not public record.
"The report was just forwarded to the mayor," said Dan Patten, campaign manager for Bartlett. Does he know who specifically gave them the report?
"I do not," he said.
"What has come to my attention now is that the police chief himself handed over a field report, again a report that's not normally made public, with this individual's personal information splattered all over it," said Nichols.
Both the police chief and a TPD spokesperson declined to appear on camera, but confirmed that "The chief gave it directly to the mayor."
"The police chief broke policy, broke protocol, and hand delivered a field report about some activity that was not illegal, nothing was done wrong, simply for political reasons," said Nichols.
Nevertheless for camp Bartlett, the focus remains on the incident itself.
"To hire someone to stalk a man and to frighten their neighbors, that's, that's where the un precedence lies," said Patten.
This, despite the police report's description of an intern who was "cooperative and calm", "did not act suspicious," "was legally parked," and found "no illegal activity."
"They're spending time talking about something that was not a crime, at a time when they should be talking about what they're going to do to protect the citizens," said Nichols.