Officers Angered at Requested Budget Cuts
Two Norman Police Department officers are being investigated by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) after they released the home address of Norman City Councilmember, Alex Scott. Apparently, Ms. Scott had been sexually assaulted in 2015. Master Police Officer Michael Lauderback, writing under the handle of “Tired Ofthehate,” posted a copy of the police report on the sexual assault, which included her home address.
According to OUDaily.com, “Further information was shared by Norman Police Detective John Barbour, who posted footage of the front of Scott’s residence from May during an NPD meeting with her.” The video showed the front of Scott’s house. So why did the officers release this councilwoman’s home address? They were angry because Councilmember Scott had recommended a 4.5 million dollar cut to the police department’s budget. The actual cut ended up being only $865,000. The release of her personal information was retaliation.
Two days after the officers released Councilmember Scott’s address, someone broke into her duplex and raped her neighbor making the comment, “Maybe next time you’ll learn your lesson.” It appears that the rapist thought he had Ms. Scott. According to a statement released by Ms. Scott,
“TW: Sexual Assault – Last Night
My neighbor gave me permission to share this experience. I was not home last night.
We live in a duplex, she was raped by stranger who broke into her side of our duplex last night. She had been out with her father, he dropped her off around Midnight and left. Then she was assaulted in her hallway.
Her rapist dug his elbow into her neck, pushed her into the wall, and told her “Maybe next time you’ll learn your lesson.” He threw her on the ground and raped her.
She was taken to NRHS by ambulance, then to the WRC. They took some of her belongings for testing, the police took fingerprint samples. My neighbor is a mother, her daughter was not here last night.
I only found out because our across the street neighbor texted me around 12:30am to see if I was okay since an ambulance and police were outside my place, so I checked on my neighbor this morning when I woke up. She is not okay.
People were passing around my address on social media (and wherever else) for 2 weeks & making light of my experiences with assault and stalking. I’ve received threatening messages and voicemails from men stating they, “hoped I didn’t need the police” when something happened. They got the wrong woman. We are not okay.”
Officers Don’t Deserve to Wear the Uniform
What officers Lauderback and Barbour did was out right evil. I don’t know about Oklahoma but here in Texas personal information on law enforcement officers, particularly their home address, is confidential. That is to protect officers and their families. Officers deal with some very bad people and they sure don’t want those people to target their homes and family members.
How would Lauderback and Barbour feel if someone released their informaation? How would they feel if one of their family members was assaulted because someone was so vile as to give out their home address? Well, I hope nothing like that ever happens to them because doing that, releasing a person’s information knowing that you could be siccing crazies on them, is wrong and makes you a disgusting, pathetic person. Officers Lauderback and Barbour have shown they do not deserve to wear the uniform. They need to be fired and I hope the woman who was raped sues them in civil court.