Cop Who Killed Eric Harris Donated Thousands To Sheriff’s Reelection Campaign
A wealthy donor to Tulsa police “accidentally” pulled out his gun instead of his Taser and killed an unarmed Black man. How did this fake cop even get a gun???
Via The Daily Beast reports:
The volunteer cop in Tulsa, Okla., who killed an unarmed black man was forking over thousands in donations and equipment after becoming an unpaid sheriff’s deputy.
Robert Bates, a 73-year-old insurance executive-turned-deputy, accidentally fired his gun instead of a Taser—costing Eric Harris, 44, his life and adding to the tally of deadly police shootings against minorities nationwide.
On Friday, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department police released footage of the April 2 incident, which officials call an accident.
“He shot me! He shot me, man. Oh, my god. I’m losing my breath,” Harris says as he squirms on the ground.
But as Harris lay dying, officers are heard on tape mocking him.
“F*** your breath,” a cop responds.
Bates, who has been a reserve deputy since 2008, is among a cadre of wealthy donors to the Tulsa sheriff’s department. He has donated thousands in vehicles and equipment to the office, and also chaired Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz’s reelection campaign in 2012.
The botched arrest and tragic death came during a sting operation, where Harris allegedly sold a firearm to undercover cops and fled. Harris was wrestling with another deputy when Bates intended to subdue him the electroshock device, authorities say.
Harris was face down on the pavement with officers on top of him. Bates is heard shouting, “Taser! Taser!” Instead, a gunshot rings out.
“Oh! I shot him! I’m sorry!” Bates says.
Harris, who police say was under the influence of PCP, died at a local hospital shortly after the incident. Officials have not provided documentation showing Harris was impaired or intoxicated.
After the incident, Harris’s family demanded police officials release video of the encounter and provide evidence of claims that he was under the influence.
How the fawk did this rich sociopath even get a gun in the first place?? Killing Black men in this country is becoming a sport that you can pay to play.