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    Protestors disrupt Norman Hospital board meeting, demand action over death of Marconia Kessee

    On March 26th, 2018 members of the activist group Norman Citizens for Racial Justice attended the Norman Regional Hospital Authority board meeting to demand public discussion of the January 16 Marconia Kessee incident. Group members asked that the agenda be amended to allow 5 minutes of questions from the public before the meeting adjourned into executive session. When these requests were denied, journalists and members of the public were asked to leave. NC4RJ members spoke out anyway and asked that the meeting be continued following the executive session so questions could be taken.

    The Norman Police Department’s graphic body cam footage of the Kessee arrest went viral and generated several news and opinion pieces both locally and nationally. The Cleveland County Sheriff’s office also released security video of Kessee’s detention at the county jail where he died in custody.

    NC4RJ members were present to support Kessee’s uncle, Oklahoma City resident Michael Washington, who said he has requested meetings with the Norman Regional legal staff.

    NC4RJ members disrupted another NRH board meeting on Saturday April 7 while delivering a demand letter asking that issues with the hospitals intake and discharge procedures be addressed at the April 23 meeting of the NRH board.

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    The NRH board includes former Ward 7 city council member Doug Cubberly as well as a former banker and mayoral candidate, Tom Sherman. NRH board members are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Norman. City Manager Steve Lewis serves as an ex-officio member of the board.

    Following complaints from the chair and other hospital administrators, members of NC4RJ were threatened with arrest and forced off the premises by several Norman Police Department officers, along with the hospital’s private security staff.

    No physical force was used and no arrests were made. Police body cam footage from the March 26 disruption is below:

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