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Trump rally lawsuit heads to Oklahoma Supreme Court, BOK announces safety protocols

Tulsa attorney Clark Brewster (KTUL photo)
Tulsa attorney Clark Brewster (KTUL photo)
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"We're not asking that this event not occur, we're saying not now." Those are the words of Tulsa attorney Clark Brewster, updating KTUL on where his lawsuit against BOK Center management stands.

Brewster and Paul Demuro say the argument they made to Oklahoma's highest court Thursday is a matter between a delay and death.

"We've gotten into this bizarre face where even the management company agrees that this will be a disaster. Even the mayor agrees that the event is not safe and not tested. Our local health officials, Dr. Dart, says this is a perfect storm of mass transmission," DeMuro said.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, the BOK's management company did not call it a disaster but did say that due to the increase in coronavirus cases, they are now requesting a health and safety plan from the Trump campaign to detail how they plan to address things like social distancing.

The company said the center has installed 400 hand sanitizing stations, along with plexiglass partitions at concession stands, and they say campaign staff will be doing temperature checks on attendees and handing out masks, which they are encouraging, not requiring, rally-goers to wear inside the center.

"What's going on here is a shell game of passing the buck. The management company says it's not our responsibility, it's the Trump campaign's responsibility. The Trump campaign's responsibility is saying everyone is responsible for doing these suggestions. The mayor, same thing. Everyone is passing the buck," said DeMuro.

Brewster says the event will spread the virus, so he's pushing hard not for a cancellation, but a delay.

"Let's bring him back, let's have him in Tulsa, let's cheer him on," he said. "But not now. It might be in August, it might be in September, but at a time that is reasonable and is based off what the experts are saying."

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