Cop Who Shot Gun By Mistake Charged With Manslaughter
An Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy was charged with manslaughter for killing a man after mistaking his stun gun for a real one.
Tulsa County prosecutors filed a second-degree manslaughter charge against 73-year-old Robert Bates.
A police investigator has said Bates, who is white, thought he drew a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at 44-year-old Eric Harris, who was black, in the April 2 incident.
Bates is charged with second-degree manslaughter “involving culpable negligence,” Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in a statement.