Tulsa Sheriff Quits After Indictment Stemming From Deputy’s Fatal Shooting


Tulsa County, Ok., Sheriff Stanley Glanz will resign after a grand jury returned two misdemeanor criminal indictments against him, reports the Tulsa World. The grand jury inquiry was the result of a cascade of events that began when then-Reserve Deputy Robert Bates fatally shot Eric Harris on April 2 during an undercover gun buy. Bates' training then was called into question. Undersheriff Rick Weigel likely will assume the sheriff's duties until a new sheriff is elected.

“I know that my decisions have caused some to criticize me both publicly and privately,” Glanz said. “As sheriff, I take responsibility for all decisions made by me or in my name, but I assure you they were all made in good faith.” Marq Lewis, leader of We the People Oklahoma and the grand jury petition's originator, said, “(Glanz) could have saved the county all this money — thousands and thousands of dollars. All he had to do was step down, but now he's indicted.” Glanz was charged with failing to turn over a report on a 2009 internal investigation of Bates despite lawful requests for it from media outlets. Glanz directed employees to “hold on to it,” the indictment alleges. He also was accused of “regularly” using county vehicles for official business despite taking a $600 monthly stipend to use his personal vehicle.

Comments are closed.