Tulsa Former Attorney Vows To Continue Fighting City Mask Ordinance

Tuesday, July 21st 2020, 6:21 pm
By: Amelia Mugavero

TULSA, Okla. -

A Tulsa citizen, and former attorney, said he's not giving up his battle against the city of Tulsa's mask ordinance.

Monday night, Sapulpa said "no" to a proposed mask mandate. Meanwhile, Tulsa's ordinance has been in effect for almost a week. 

"Excess of jurisdiction is a dart down a dangerous path," former attorney Jeffrey Dickstein explained.  

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Dickstein filed a lawsuit against the ordinance last Friday, saying it is unconstitutional. The suit was denied by a judge, so Dickstein refiled Monday using more evidence he said proves the state's COVID-19 numbers do not warrant a state of emergency. 

"The problem is if there's not an emergency then the city is without jurisdiction of an ordinance," Dickstein said.

Mayor G.T. Bynum said Tulsa citizens have praised the ordinance.

"Tulsa citizens say they felt safe to go out on their own and go to the stores for the first time in months, all because they knew the people would be wearing masks in the stores if they want to - so, so far it's all been very positive," Bynum said. 

Taevy Gillispie said she too feels safer with the mask ordinance. 

"It helps me feel safer going into businesses. Because everywhere I go, I can expect everyone to be wearing them and the spread is way less that way," Gillispie said. 

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 Dickstein said he filed a motion for a preliminary hearing tomorrow.

 "So long as I can breathe, I am going to protect the constitution and I am not giving up here," Dickstein promised. 

News on 6 also spoke with several other people in Tulsa who plan to file lawsuits against the city soon.