U.S. Politics

Tulsa deputies ordered to falsify records of ‘reserve deputy’ who shot and killed Eric Harris

Eric Harris after being shot by Tulsa police
attribution: Screenshot of body camera video of Eric Harris

Daily Kos

Supervisors at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify a reserve deputy’s training records, giving him credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received, sources told the Tulsa World.At least three of reserve deputy Robert Bates’ supervisors were transferred after refusing to sign off on his state-required training, multiple sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the World.

And it gets worse. The certifications have gone missing:

Additionally, Sheriff Stanley Glanz told a Tulsa radio station this week that Bates had been certified to use three weapons, including a revolver he fired at Harris. However, Glanz said the Sheriff’s Office has not been able to find the paperwork on those certifications.The sheriff’s deputy that certified Bates has moved on to work for the Secret Service, Glanz said during the radio interview.

Sounds like the deputy who did finally agree to sign off on Bates’ falsified records got a promotion.Tulsa “reserve deputy” Robert Bates shot and killed Eric Harris when Bates pulled the trigger on his firearm during a chase. Bates claimed he thought it was his Taser, not his firearm. Video footage was later released showing another deputy responding to Eric Harris’ final plea for help saying, “fuck your breath” just moments before Harris died. Robert Bates has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

As more and more information comes to light, it is becoming clear that the Department of Justice and/or the state of Oklahoma need to immediately start clearing house at that the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office. Furthermore, the practice of hiring pay-for-play cops nationwide needs to be re-examined. Donating money and goods to police departments should not be an instant qualification to walk around with a gun and a badge.

As of this morning, the Sheriff’s office has responded:

Update: The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office announced early Thursday it will conduct an internal review of the deputy reserve program.

One thing is clear—an outside agency needs to conduct this investigation beginning today. Right now. It’s time for Governor Mary Fallin and/or the Department of Justice to step in and take action today.

by Jen Hayden

10 thoughts on “Tulsa deputies ordered to falsify records of ‘reserve deputy’ who shot and killed Eric Harris

  1. Sheriff Glanz or whoever gave the order and the person who complied are both guilty of negligent manslaughter. They set the stage and Mr. Bates followed their direction. This chief has no integrity; he is compromising the citizens ability to have faith that he is running a competent police department. He and his buddy who followed orders need to be fired yesterday.

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  2. There was just a case in Georgia where 9 teachers and administrators were given prison sentences for FALSIFYING test scores. They should have been punished and were.They got jail time. What kind of punishment do you think these police officers and police administrators will get in Oklahoma for FALSIFYING test results? Leading to the death of a man? A little more serious, don’t you think?

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    1. Don’t give me a keyboard. You KNOW what I’m going to do with it.

      No Police Department can be trusted to investigate itself; or another department; or…well anything as you say.

      Asking the Police; any Police to investigate one of their officers is as effective as asking any other street gang to investigate one of their own.

      There is no honor in police work. There is nothing to be proud of if you are a cop in America today. It isn’t that you won’t do any good things. It’s that you will; almost without exception; learn to do many, many bad things in order to survive because you don’t ever admit wrong-doing; by you or any other cop.

      Any faith that any American has left in the Police or Justice system is just self-delusion; based on the fear of having no protectors.

      Sadly; it’s already a “Crap-shoot”. Will you be saved by the Police or need to be saved from the Police. Unless of course you are White and wealthy.

      The poor; the black; anyone who isn’t white and wealthy is just as likely to become the victim of the police if they seek help from them.

      If you are black, and poor, you may as well call the KKK as call The Police. You’ll get the same help if you aren’t lucky; and careful; and obsequious.

      Police. A word that should be done away with because of the negative associations that are attached to it due to the deplorable behavior of those who bear that title.

      “Guards” or some other such protective word should replace it. But only after the Departments themselves have been disbanded and replaced with a new organization; worthy of the new name.

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      1. What happened in Tulsa, (Aslut) Oklahoma back in 1921? Ask the promoters of Route 66,( mainly the prominante buisness man Mr. Sirus) direct results of “Bigoted Powers That Be Capitalistic Selfish Coveted Christian Righteous Murdering Do What The Fuck I Want To Satiate My Greedy Niggering Niggerdly Way Of Life,because we can, Imoral Justice”, by burnining the promenent successful African American Businesses that were not insured by the banks or The Rich Christian and Jew insurance agencies, and, as it was back then the Sheriff’s Department and local Thuggeries all decided that all they had to do was to say it was a Race Riot, and then they could without declaring Eminent Domain, just burn, and with the Air National Guard at the time, bomb and blow up Legally, all Nationalised and Born in The USA Americans established residencies and buisnesses and disappear historical documents and then no one would ever think any wrong was done by the “Outstanding Prominent Law Abiding Citizens” of sweet little Tulsa Town, and get away with arson, murder,
        lies, upon lies, and say a young African American assaulted some caucasian (so called lady, probably a stupid slut,) in an elevator and insite a Racial Hatred based on stupid ignorance of a bigoted people, who still claim there innocence, just like all people who lie and decieve for their own personal gain regardless if it is obviously very wrong and so covetous and murderous, and no one cares because in America you learn there is no justice, and to serve the so called “Greater Good”,you have the inalienable right to take what you want with guns and bullets, and bombs and “Good ole American Niggery”, the devil be damned! And remember, Might makes Right! Especially if you do it in the name of some reigion or an almighty all powerful god of Creation! I love all my African American brothers and sisters as I do all of the Worlds Children and Peoples and I am, a human being ,my skin color is white or pink but that shuould not make one fucking difference,but ignorant bipedal humanoids still think that makes us different, we all bleed and die in one way or another but why must we kill our loving brothers and sisters, unless of course they are a social and abominational scourge to humaine humanity,such as is the Niggardly Factions of Obvious Stupidity and Murderers such as is ISSIS? Have a nice day and a pleasant tomorrow, and learn how to love correctly your brothers and sisters as we all are..

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