deputy charged

A 73-year-old deputy who shot a fleeing suspect to death during a slow police foot chase has been charged with 2nd degree manslaughter.

deputy charged

Eric Harris, 44, had been busted trying to sell a gun to an undercover detective when he took off running.

Police had already caught up to Harris and tackled him to the ground when a shot rang out.

"Oh, I shot him. I'm sorry," 73-year-old reserve sheriff's deputy Robert Bates told the other officers.

The Tulsa county prosecutor's office charged Bates with 2nd-degree manslaughter in the April 2 incident.

Bates, who is white, said he confused his taser for his service weapon when he shot Harris, who is black. Both the taser and handgun are about the same size and shape.

A video shot by one of the officers who wore a sunglasses camera was released to the media at the request of Harris's family.

An officer can be heard on the video shouting "f*ck yo' breath," when Harris said he couldn't catch his breath.

Comparisons have been made between Harris's death and the recent deaths of other unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers.

Former S. Carolina patrolman Michael Slager has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott on April 5. He is being held without bond.

A citizen's video provided definitive proof that Slager was not in any danger when he fired eight shots at the fleeing Scott, hitting him four times in the back.

In an audio recorded inside Slager's patrol unit after the shooting, Slager is heard laughing and making snide remarks during a phone call with a senior officer.

“By the time you get home, it would probably be a good idea to kind of jot down your thoughts on what happened,” the senior officer said. “You know, once the adrenaline quits pumping.”

“It’s pumping,” Slager said, laughing. The senior officer replied: “Oh yeah. Oh yeah.”

The North Charleston prosecutor's office is considering charges against other officers for helping Slager cover up the crime.

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    • MisUnderstood

      Evening Roses :hug: where my night crew at? <---in my Greek voice.

      Good this guy getting charged but until he actually gets acquitted I'm not celebrating. But I'll give it a slow :clap:

    • MisUnderstood

      What's going on with the mobile version of this site Sandra?

    • MsB2u

      Glad yo see some action being taken.????

    • thriftStoreJungle

      i'm quite sure this cop "feared for his life" too. makes you apprehensive to go anywhere ever if you can just be gunned down because some idiot can claim you (read: your Blackness) caused him concern for his personal safety.

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      MisUnderstood says:

      What’s going on with the mobile version of this site Sandra?
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      Another blogger convinced me to get rid of it since 99% of you have smartphones and a mobile site is simply unnecessary.

    • pointhimout

      Sad outcome. Dude said oops, I'm sorry. Wow.

    • MsChocoTe

      Why is he still on the force with a gun at the age of 73? He probably forgot which one is the taser.

    • Meme81

      73 years old? Old azz should've been rocking on a porch dipping snuff, or whatever retired rednecks do.

      :oldman:

      Instead he's out here still tryin to go Robocop on folks. :ak47:

    • MisUnderstood

      Awww Sandra, the mobile site loads faster. The ads & everything else that shows up on the regular site, IE pictures, slows the reloading down. But thanks for replying to me.

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      isUnderstood says:
      What’s going on with the mobile version of this site Sandra?
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      Another blogger convinced me to get rid of it since 99% of you have smartphones and a mobile site is simply unnecessary.
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      Well, we want the mobile site back. Takes too long to load.

    • http://youtu.be/COjlQLe2JV0 puppylove finally made the #dirtythirty :koolaid:

      I read that he is a well to do local resident who donates money and supplies to the force so they gave him an HONORARY position. Damn shame. I actually feel bad for him since it does not seem he had any real training.

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      MisUnderstood says:

      Awww Sandra, the mobile site loads faster. The ads & everything else that shows up on the regular site, IE pictures, slows the reloading down. But thanks for replying to me.
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      It loads fairly quickly for me. May I gently suggest that you update your smartphone to the latest phones that feature faster processors? The new Samsung Galaxy S6 was voted the best and fastest smartphone. I hear those iPhones are kinda slow. #helpful

    • whitty hutton

      It loads quickly for me too Sandra.

    • Mother Of Dragons, The Next Supreme (proud nerd)

      I'm already loving my S6 Edge :yes:

    • whitty hutton

      I'm watching the lhhny reunion part 2 :facepalm:

    • whitty hutton

      I hear those iPhones are kinda slow. #helpful
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      :lol: Sandra is the undisputed champ of :cloud:

    • MisUnderstood

      IPhones? Not I :no: I don't like nor own anything Apple related. I have a Samsung 5 & am not getting a 6 until they fix the over heating issue. But if you're offering a gift or donation, I'll consider it. :biggrin:

      @Whitty, :stop: brownnosing. :lol:

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      #teamiphone

    • whitty hutton

      I am not brownnosing...jess pointing out the obvious shade. :lol:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      :waves:

    • Mother Of Dragons, The Next Supreme (proud nerd)

      Everyone in my house has an iPhone but me. I'm sticking with Android.
      Y

    • http://youtu.be/COjlQLe2JV0 puppylove finally made the #dirtythirty :koolaid:

      I :heart: my Note3 not getting the S6 cause you can't take the battery out.

    • http://Scam-Or-Nah.com KiMi0414

      My iPhone loads pretty quickly :kona:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      TeamHTC :yahoo:

    • MisUnderstood

      Well excuuuuuuu me Iphone folks. We po folks at my house & only I have a cell phone in chere & it's an android.

    • Redeemed777

      The children of Israel(Negroes)looooove to learn the extremely hard way....The Most High God has told you in the Bible that these Edomites(white people) ARE YOUR ENEMIES, AND THEY ARE THE DEVIL THAT THE BIBLE SPEAKS ABOUT but yet and still, the black knuckle heads wanna love them, and have children with them, defend them, feel sorry for them, and be their friend-to-the-end, trash your own people in their presence, and all while praising their race and referring to them as 'good people'....
      .
      .
      .
      ..
      .
      there WILL BE JUDGEMENT (when BLACK MAN CHRIST RETURNS) on the souls of those negroes who aid these demons called edomites to KILL, STEAL, & DESTROY the children of Israel.

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      Yandy and Minnesota are getting married LIVE on Memorial Day :facepalm:

    • whitty hutton

      :waves: heh redeemed!

    • Mother Of Dragons, The Next Supreme (proud nerd)

      DF and the kids are Apple addicts. DF even insisted on getting them Mac laptops. Both of our mom's need new pc's so that's what we are doing for Mother's Day. He keeps dropping hints with my mom about Macs and trying a laptop instead of a desktop and she's all :nono:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      MOD .... I love Droid :love: but I guess whatever phone or gadget floats ya boat :yes:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U #missyJSays

      Sandra I have a Galaxy s6. The problem I was having earlier today was no submit button AFTER I started typing in the comment box. I do appreciate a good mobile site.

    • Mother Of Dragons, The Next Supreme (proud nerd)

      Jenie I'm the lone Android and HP person in the house. I'm not giving up either one unless Apple does something I consider spectacular.

    • bama_n_jersey

      I miss-ted y'all today :crying: hey errbody :waves:

    • bama_n_jersey

      I want the Galaxy S6...but can't justify that price tag to myself. I'll just stick with my S4 :kona:

    • http://letthemenvy.com Tia

      Yay! I'm glad the mobile site is gone. I hated it. And you're looking good these days, Sandra. :love:

      Glad this dude is facing charges though. Smh. So sad how little they care about human life.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      :newpost:

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      #missyJSays says:

      Sandra I have a Galaxy s6. The problem I was having earlier today was no submit button AFTER I started typing in the comment box. I do appreciate a good mobile site.
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      How did you submit your comment?

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Thanks Tia. :)

    • tintin1979

      slow police foot chase....