‘Reserve Sheriff’ Who Killed Black Man Faces Manslaughter Charges

Monday, April 13, 2015
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
13.04.2015

Volunteer Reserve Deputy Robert Bates has been charged with second-degree manslaughter on Monday afternoon. The charge came 11 days after the deputy fatally shot an unarmed Eric Harris, 44, while allegedly meaning to use his taser.

On Monday, it was also reported that Bates is a 73-year-old insurance executive who had donated thousands to the Tulsa Police Department.

“Mr. Bates is charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter involving culpable negligence. Oklahoma law defines culpable negligence as ‘the omission to do something which a reasonably careful person would do, or the lack of the usual ordinary care and caution in the performance of an act usually and ordinarily exercised by a person under similar circumstances and conditions,’” District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler stated in a press release.

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