April 14, 2015

The 73 year old reserve deputy who accidentally shot and killed an unarmed black man in Oklahoma has been charged with 2nd degree manslaughter.

A white, reserve sheriff's deputy was charged Monday in Oklahoma with manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black suspect whose shooting while on the ground at officer's feet was captured on videotape.
Second-degree manslaughter charges were filed against reserve deputy Robert Charles "Bob" Bates, 73, in the shooting death of Eric Courtney Harris, 44, District Attorney Stephen Kunzweiler's office in Tulsa said.
"Mr. Bates is charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter involving culpable negligence. Oklahoma law defines culpable negligence as 'the omission to do something which a reasonably careful person would do, or the lack of the usual ordinary care and caution in the performance of an act usually and ordinarily exercised by a person under similar circumstances and conditions,'" Kunzweiler said in a statement.
The release of the dramatic video has fueled controversy surrounding the shooting of an unarmed suspect who was already on the ground. It follows a public outcry over a series of cases around the country in which unarmed black men died at the hands of police in places including Ferguson, Mo., North Charleston, S.C., and New York City.
Bates has been a reserve deputy since 2008 and was assigned to the sheriff's Violent Crimes Task Force, the district attorney said.
Earlier in the day, Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz described Bates as a longtime friend who made "an error" last week when he fatally shot an unarmed man trying to flee deputies during an undercover operation to retrieve stolen guns, the Tulsa Worldreported. The newspaper said Bates had donated thousands of dollars in equipment to the sheriff's department since signing on in 2008 as an unpaid reserve deputy.
"He made an error," Glanz said. "How many errors are made in an operating room every week?"
Bates says he meant to shoot the suspect with a stun gun during the confrontation April 2 but accidentally drew and fired his .38-caliber handgun.
The video shows Harris running away from officers pursuing him on foot. Harris is caught and put to the ground, where a struggle ensues.
Bates arrives at the scene and a single gunshot is heard, then, "Oh, I'm sorry. I shot him." Harris is heard screaming "He shot me. Oh my God!" adding that he is having trouble breathing. A deputy responds "(Expletive) your breath."
Sheriff's Maj. Shannon Clark told the World that Bates donates his time and is a highly regarded member of the Reserve Deputy Program. He has also donated multiple vehicles, guns and stun guns, Clark said.
"There are lots of wealthy people in the reserve program," he said. "Many of them make donations of items. That's not unusual at all."
The department website says "dedicated reserve deputies work full time jobs in the community and volunteer their time in a myriad of events such as the Special Olympics and Tulsa State Fair."


  1. "He made an error" as if the life of the victim was like spelling a word wrong on a spelling test.

    Hey Chief Glanz he killed another human being, you act like it's no big deal.

    It also isn't a big deal that you have a bunch of rich, old white fat asses, that pay a lot of money to get go hunting with your police department, all the better to shoot a unarmed black man that was running from your goon squad, likely thinking that he would be harmed in someway, unfortunately he was correct.

    Kind of like going on a safari in Africa to hunt rare animals to extinction. They pay a lot of money to do this.

    Bet dollars to donuts that this rich white fat ass will get off with probation, unsupervised of course.

  2. So really you have rich people paying the cops so they can "play" cop with all the perks including murdering unarmed citizens with impunity... and all you gotta do is make a few "donations"