Remember Robert Bates? Sure you do. He was the old, white Oklahoma man who wanted desperately to be a cop, so he donated loads of money to his local police force and, in turn, was allowed to be a volunteer deputy and participate in ride-alongs and even had a real working gun, which he used to kill Eric Harris in 2015.
A wealthy Oklahoma ex-deputy released after serving less than half his sentence for shooting and killing an already subdued, unarmed black man was recently spotted having a few cocktails at a local bar, which would be perfectly fine if the terms of his parole didn’t specifically forbid him from doing so.
Tulsa County, Okla., officials settled a civil rights lawsuit on Friday when they agreed to pay the estate of Eric Harris $6 million; Harris was shot and killed in 2015 by a man so rich, county officials allowed him to literally play a game of cops and robbers.
Well, if you wanted evidence as to how little this country values black lives, look no further than Tulsa, Okla., where a white former reserve deputy (aka a wannabe cop) walked out of prison, scot-free, after serving less than half of his already meager four-year sentence for killing an unarmed black man.
The volunteer Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy who killed an unarmed black man last year said he’d “pretty much been condemned,” and says he doesn’t expect to survive his four-year jail sentence.
Tulsa County, Okla., Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Bates, who fatally shot an unarmed black suspect, was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday.