Days after a geriatric Oklahoma reserve deputy sheriff was charged with manslaughter for a fatal incident in which he mistook his gun for a Taser, reportin the Tulsa World has called into question whether he should have been carrying a gun in the first place.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, individuals told the World that supervisors in the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify training records for Robert Bates, the 73-year-old insurance executive who fired his gun instead of a Taser, killing an unarmed black man, apparently by accident. The false records gave Bates credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received, the World reported.
WHITE MALE PRIVILEGE.
Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz told KJRH that Bates had qualified for three weapons with the supervision of a firearms instructor, but the office was not able to find records from the qualification test. The instructor who trained Bates has since left the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office.
“And we’re trying to get hold of her and talk to her but we can’t find the records that she supposedly turned in. So, we’re going to talk to her find out if, for sure, he did qualify with those,” Glanz said.
Do they have any idea what the truth is??