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  • Tulsa reserve deputy pleads not guilty to manslaughter

    TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa County reserve sheriff’s deputy who is accused of fatally shooting a man he says he meant to tase pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter Tuesday. Robert Bates, 73, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris, who police say ran from authorities after trying to sell an illegal handgun during an undercover sting. Video shows Harris pinned to the ground as an officer calls for a Taser. But in place of an electric clicking […]

  • FBI will not conduct Civil Rights Investigation in accidental shooting death by reserve deputy

    TULSA, Okla. – FBI officials say they will not conduct a Civil Rights Investigation into the shooting death of Eric Harris. On April 2, officials with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were conducting an undercover investigation into illegal arms dealing. Harris was one of the subjects of that investigation. After seeing patrol cars pull alongside his vehicle, Harris jumped from the passenger’s seat and took off. He ran along the sidewalk until he was tackled by a deputy. Also in […]

  • Deputies in Tulsa shooting reassigned after threats, sheriff says

    (CNN) — Two deputies involved in the fatal attempt to arrest Eric Harris in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have been reassigned because of threats against them and their families, Sheriff Stanley Glanz said Monday in a news conference. The deputies were trying to arrest Harris when Reserve Deputy Robert Bates shot him. Unlike Bates, they are not charged with a crime, but have come under criticism for pinning Harris’ head to the ground as he said, “I’m losing my breath.” Police appear […]

  • Lawyer releases training records for Tulsa deputy charged in killing

    The lawyer for Robert Bates, an Oklahoma reserve deputy who fatally shot a man he meant to subdue with a Taser, on Saturday released documents that he says verify some of Bates’ training as a law enforcement officer. The documents show Bates had one Taser training class over a six-and-a-half-year period, took three firearms training classes and qualified 10 times, from 2009 to 2014, to use a handgun. His evaluations say he got along with other officers and related well […]

  • “I rate this as No. 1 on my list of things in my life that I regret,” Tulsa reserve deputy talks about deadly shooting

    TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa County reserve deputy who says he mistook his gun for a Taser spoke with TODAY about the deputy-involved shooting that left one man dead. “First and foremost let me apologize to the family of Eric Harris,” the reserve deputy, Robert Bates, told TODAY’s Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview. “I still can’t believe it happened.” “I rate this as number one on my list of things in my life that I regret,” Bates, told TODAY in his first […]

  • Online fundraising for Tulsa reserve deputy suspended by Indiegogo

    TULSA – An attempt to raise defense funds for Tulsa Reserve Deputy Robert Bates received no donations before crowd funding site Indiegogo suspended the campaign. Time magazine reports that the campaign was launched Monday, April 13, the same day Bates was charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter. Indiegogo suspended it on Tuesday, April 14. The campaign, started by an anonymous poster shortly after footage of the shooting went public, was seeking up to $25,000 for a legal defense fund, according to Time. […]

  • How easy is it to confuse a gun for a Taser?

    (CNN) — On the surface, the mix-up seems incomprehensible: How can a volunteer sheriff’s deputy accidentally fire a handgun instead of a Taser, killing a man? That’s apparently what happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when a 73-year-old reserve deputy, Robert Bates, killed Eric Harris. Bates said he meant to use his stun gun but ended up firing his handgun instead. “Oh! I shot him. I’m sorry,” Bates said in a video of the shooting. But it’s happened before. In a well-publicized […]

  • Oklahoma group calls for end to “Buy a Badge” programs after reserve deputy-involved shooting

    OKLAHOMA CITY — In the wake of the reserve deputy-involved shooting that killed a man in Tulsa, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is calling for an end to the “Buy A Badge” program. The program, according to the ACLU, “allows favored friends and wealthy donors to Oklahoma sheriffs to carry guns and badges as reserve deputies, often with far less training and experience than professional law enforcement officers.” In the shooting that started the push to end the […]

  • Tulsa reserve deputy charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter turns himself in

    TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa County reserve deputy who was charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris turned himself in to authorities Tuesday. Reserve Deputy Robert Bates shot and killed Eric Harris April 2 during an undercover operation. Officials say 73-year-old Bates accidentally grabbed his gun instead of his Taser as he tried to help subdue a suspect black market gun dealer. Video shows Harris running from the deputies before he was tackled. Also in the video, […]

  • Brother of man killed in deputy-involved shooting says Sheriff’s Office offered to “make it right”

    TULSA, Okla. – The family of a man who died after being shot by a Tulsa reserve deputy released a statement Monday after watching the video. Eric Harris was shot by Reserve Deputy Robert Bates on April 2, when the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says Bates mistook his gun for his taser. According to the Sheriff’s office, Harris was wrestling with another deputy and Bates wanted to help subdue him with the taser. They say Harris, the subject of an […]

  • Tulsa reserve deputy who accidentally shot suspect charged with second degree manslaughter

    TULSA, Okla. – A Tulsa County reserve deputy who shot and killed a man during an undercover operation was charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris. Officials say 73-year-old Robert Bates accidentally grabbed his gun instead of his Taser as he tried to help subdue a suspect black market gun dealer. Instead of tasing the suspect, he shot him. The incident happened after a sting operation. Video shows Harris pinned to the ground as an officer calls for […]