Reserve Police Officer in Tulsa shoots Unarmed Black Man
According to authorities, a reserve police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shot and killed an unarmed black man. A video has been released that showing the shoot that took place on April 2.
As per the 73-year-old Bob Bates, he made use of gun in place of a Taser mistakenly. Police posted the footage that shows suspect Eric Courtney Harris running down a street away a pursuing police car.
Over the last 10 years, Harris had faced six criminal felony cases and also a Misdemeanor-1 case filed against him. According to officials, he made threatening phone calls and carried out an armed robbery. According to a police report on the incident, Harris was being in custody after being caught selling a weapon to an undercover officer. Recently, he came into notice of police for suspected crystal meth distribution.
Tulsa Police Department homicide Sergeant Dave Walker said that the department is not going to investigate the shooting if the Sheriff's Office didn't ask them to. According to Walker, they have not been asked. Death of Harris came only two days after shocking dashcam footage captured the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man in Florida.
It has been reported that Harris was also taken into a hospital but he died about an hour after the shooting. The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office will take decision whether to file charges.
"These are mistakes that are made when you think you are doing one thing but you actually are doing another, and the result often is directly opposite of what you intended", said Quoting Bill Lewinski, executive director of the Force Science Institute, Clark.