14 Apr 2015

Video: ‘F*ck Your Breath,’ Says Cop to Man Who Has Just Been Fatally Shot

Over a week ago, an unarmed black man named Eric Courtney Harris was killed by 73-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma, "reserve deputy" police officer Bob Bates. This happened shortly after Harris sold ammunition and a gun to some undercover cops, who moved to arrest him. Harris fled and — according to the explanation given by officials — Bates accidentally shot the 44-year-old while trying to Tase him: "During the rapidly evolving altercation, the reserve deputy had what he believed was his Taser from his tactical carrier ... Initial reports have determined that the reserve deputy was attempting to use less lethal force, believing he was utilizing a Taser, when he inadvertently discharged his service weapon, firing one round which struck Harris," said a report. Body-camera footage of the shooting, which was released on Friday, adds yet another horrifying dimension to the incident.
In the (extremely upsetting) video, Harris can be seen running down a sidewalk. Officers order him to get down, someone yells "Taser!" and a gunshot is heard. Bates yells, "I shot him! I'm sorry." Meanwhile, Harris is crying, "He shot me! He shot me, man. Oh my God. I'm losing my breath."
"Fuck your breath!" a cop responds. "Shut the fuck up!" "You shouldn’t have fucking ran!" his colleague adds as they hold Harris down. Harris died about an hour later at a nearby hospital. 
At a news conference following the release of the footage, Sheriff's Captain Billy McKelvey told reporters that the heartless-sounding officers didn't realize that Harris had been shot, even though Bates immediately pointed out what had happened. "He made an inadvertent mistake," said McKelvey. Bates, a former Tulsa officer and current insurance salesman, has been placed on administrative leave.
Harris had been convicted in 2013 for assault of a law enforcement officer,according to the Los Angeles Times. He had several other felony convictions on his record.
On Monday, the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office announced that Bates has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. "Oklahoma law," District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in a statement, "defines culpable negligence as ‘the omission to do something which a reasonably careful person would do, or the lack of the usual ordinary care and caution in the performance of an act usually and ordinarily exercised by a person under similar circumstances and conditions.'"
Major Shannon Clark, a spokesperson at the Tulsa Sheriff's Office, told ABC News that Bates "never intended in his 73 years of life to take a human life. No one intended for Mr. Harris to die that day."
The Tulsa World reported on Monday that Bates — who was named Tulsa's top reserve deputy in 2011 — had donated thousands of dollars' worth of vehicles, guns, and stun guns since he became a reserve deputy seven years ago. “There are lots of wealthy people in the reserve program,"Clark told the newspaper. "Many of them make donations of items. That’s not unusual at all.”
Harris's family released a statement on Sunday. “We do not believe it is reasonable for a 73-year-old insurance executive to be involved in a dangerous undercover sting operation. ... We do not believe it is reasonable – or responsible – for [the Tulsa Sheriff's Office] to accept gifts from a wealthy citizen who wants to be [a] 'pay to play' cop.”

8 comments:

  1. This video looked like a fake to me, no gun shot wounds, just a great performance.

    Just part of the new 'fear the police' meme.

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  2. When criminals don't listen to police, answer back aka openly provoking the police, Run away from police and possibly what?, perhaps breaking into someone's yard or home. Take into account that all these "unarmed victims" were in fact doing a crime and then running from the police. Ask your self do you prefer crime?

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  3. Sounds like 9/11 worked, everyone's who runs or doesn't comply immediately is criminal/terrorist and dies.
    A child at a playground with a fake gun----dead.
    A guy runs from a cop in SC after getting stunned----dead.
    The military mentality that the police have acquired in the past couple years is jack booted fascist.

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  4. "Taser" looks to become the new "stop resisting" when cops murder citizens. He killed him by "accident" I am so sure. They have used this sort of ploy WAY to often to expect even the slightest modicum of credibility. They did this to themselves by their criminal behavior. It is now time for the police to PROVE they are not lying.

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  5. Sick! Someone who is eager to murder a black man donates many to the local police department and gets the uniform and the right to kill!


    America - you disgust me. Even Nazi Germany, or North-Korea or any ugly dictatorship did or does better.

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  6. The comment your wrote proves all Americans are stupid.

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  7. ...just another stupid American.

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  8. ..yep..."gofigure"... is a coward who does what he is told by the state...by the criminals who did 911...what a sad state of affairs for our country...pravda01 is right in so many ways...let us see when the pushing comes to shoving and the American people rise up with their 300 million guns and righteous anger...let us see how many of those local officials and the state or federal officials we can get our hands on...convict for treason and hang...let us see..
    RJ O'Guillory
    Author -
    Webster Groves - The Life of an Insane Family

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