Police Release Video of Accidental Shooting of Black Man in Tulsa

Police have released video capturing the accidental fatal shooting of a black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by a white reserve deputy sheriff. Robert Bates, a 73-year-old reservist, allegedly thought he was firing his stun gun on April 2 to subdue Eric Harris, a 44-year-old black man who was tackled after running from police. Instead, Bates used his handgun and fired a single lethal shot. “Oh, I shot him. I’m sorry,” Bates is heard saying on the video. The victim then said, “He shot me. Oh my God.” He also told the officers that he was losing his breath, to which a deputy responded “F—- your breath.”
Harris was accused of trying to sell an illegal gun to an undercover police officer. He later died at a Tulsa hospital.



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