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Shooting of Eric Courtney Harris

Shooting of Eric Courtney Harris
Time 11:00 a.m. CST (17:00 UTC)
Date April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02)
Location Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Deaths 1 (Eric Courtney Harris)
Suspect(s) 1 (Robert Charles Bates)
Accused 1
Charges Second-degree manslaughter
The shooting of Eric Courtney Harris occurred on April 2, 2015, where 44-year-old Eric Courtney Harris was fatally shot during an undercover sting in Tulsa, Oklahoma[1] as Harris ran from authorities unarmed.[3][4][12] While Harris was being subdued, Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Charles "Bob" Bates, 73, confused his personal weapon, a Smith & Wesson .357cnn.com/2015/04/14/us/taser-gun-confusion/ Bates . According to the Tulsa County ely id afterwards, """Oh, I shot him! I'm sorry."[16] Bates was charged with manslaughter.

Aftermath

It was later determined that Harris did not have a gun when he was tackled and shot. A sunglasses-camera video[23] shows his arms flailing as he runs. Bates was later charged with second-degree manslaughter.[27]

Harris family attorney Donald Smolen said the sunglasses video shows Deputy Bates with a yellow Taser strapped to his chest and a .357 revolver in his right hand as he stands over Harris. "There is absolutely no way, if Mr. Bates had been trained at all, which I believe will be reflected ultimately through the lack of records to substantiate his training, that an officer who was trained would never get these two weapons confused," Smolen said.[32]

In the video, Harris can be heard saying, "I'm losing my breath," to which 38-year-old Deputy Joseph Byars replies, "Fuck your breath." 24-year-old Deputy Michael Huckeby is also shown in the video kneeling on Harris' head as the dying Harris is told, "You shouldn't have ran," and "Shut the fuck up." A third deputy restraining Harris was not identified.[41]

Tulsa Police Sgt. Jim Clark, hired as an "expert witness" for the sheriff's department, said at an April 10 news conference that the deputy who fired the fatal shot "was a true victim of slips and capture", and that it was typical for law enforcement officers to experience diminished hearing, tunnel vision, or go into "auto pilot", where a person's behavior "slips" off the path of his intention because it is "captured" by a stronger response and sent in a different direction. "Bates didn't commit a crime," Clark said, and no policy violations occurred.[43]

Smolen told the Tulsa World that Clark's ruling was "premature and ill-advised", challenging a report that Harris was "uncooperative and combative" as firefighters attempted to administer aid. Smolen said Harris could hardly be combative since he was struggling with labored breathing and his hands were cuffed. "It's most likely the word 'combative' is being used because that's what they're being told by the Sheriff's Office," Smolen told the Tulsa World. "The other alternative is their use of the word combative is more a description of Mr. Harris struggling to get air and kind of writhing in pain from the gunshot wound."[46]

Allegations of records falsification

The Tulsa Police Department immediately sought to clarify their relationships with both Bates and Clark. "Robert Bates has no current affiliation with the Tulsa Police Department and has not had any in 50 years," TPD said in a press release. "Additionally, Mr. Jim Clark, a consultant for the Tulsa County Sheriff, does not represent the Tulsa Police Department nor has the Tulsa Police Department conducted an assessment of this incident."[1][2] Later that week, The Tulsa World reported supervisors at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office were ordered to falsify Deputy Bates' training records.[3]

Sheriff's spokesman Shannon Clark later said the documents wouldn't matter because Bates, a major donor to Sheriff Glanz re-election, was granted special exceptions.[4]

The sheriff's deputy that certified Bates has moved on to work for the Secret Service, Sheriff Stanley Glanz said during an interview with a radio station,[5] while the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office denied providing Bates with the training he claimed.[6]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Edison Trust 1.1
    • The studio system replaces Edison 1.2
    • United Artists and the resistance to the studio system 1.3
    • The Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers 1.4
    • Low-budget films 1.5
    • The studio system replaces Edison 1.6
    • United Artists and the resistance to the studio system 1.7
    • The Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers 1.8
    • Low-budget films 1.9
  • Aftermath 2
  • History 3
    • Edison Trust 3.1
    • The studio system replaces Edison 3.2
    • United Artists and the resistance to the studio system 3.3
    • The Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers 3.4
    • Low-budget films 3.5
    • The exploitation boom and the MPAA rating system 3.6
    • New Hollywood and independent filmmaking 3.7
    • Outside Hollywood 3.8
    • The Sundance Institute 3.9
  • The "Indie Film" Movement 4
  • Present day and digital filmmaking 5
    • Technology and independent films today 5.1
    • Allegations of records falsification 5.2
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9

Legal proceedings

On April 14, 2015, Bates was charged with second-degree manslaughter. He turned himself in at the Tulsa County Jail, where he was released on the same day by posting $25,000 bail. The charge of second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum of four years in prison.[7] Bates plead not guilty on April 21. His next court date was July 2, 2015[8] and the trial has been set for February, 2016.[9]

See also

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