Tulsa Sheriff May Have Waived Training Rule For Deputy Who Killed Suspect


Whether a Tulsa County reserve deputy's training records exist might be irrelevant due to an exemption Sheriff Stanley Glanz could have granted his friend, a Sheriff's Office official tells the Tulsa World. That reserve deputy, Robert Bates, 73, thought he was holding a Taser when he fatally shot 44-year-old Eric Harris on April 2. Bates was charged Monday with second-degree manslaughter. Sheriff's Maj. Shannon Clark denied allegations that training records for Bates, a longtime friend of Sheriff Stanley Glanz, had been falsified.

Clark said it's unclear how much of the supervised training Bates theoretically was required to have actually happened. That's because Glanz can, as sheriff, waive any portion of Sheriff's Office policy. Bates said he received “active shooter training” from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona. Lisa Allen, chief media relations office for the sheriff's office there, said they had no record of Bates attending their training. The Oklahoma Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union called for Glanz to resign, and a state representative called for an outside agency to investigate Harris' shooting.

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