Prosecutors have charged a reserve sheriff's deputy with manslaughter in the death of a man who was fatally shot as he lay on the ground at the officer's feet - a shooting that has raised questions about the use of volunteer officers to supplement full-time police.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A white sheriff's reserve deputy charged in the fatal shooting in Oklahoma of a black suspect in a police sting operation has been released on bond after turning himself in to authorities, one of his lawyers said on Tuesday. The volunteer deputy, Robert Bates, thought he was using a Taser instead of his gun, the Tulsa Sheriff's office has said of the incident seen in a video released over the weekend. Oklahoma prosecutors on Monday charged Bates, 73, with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Eric Harris, 44, on April 2. Bates turned himself in after an arrest warrant was filed, and plans to plead not guilty at his preliminary hearing, his lawyer Corbin Brewster said.
Alexis Keslar was pushing her twin 18-month-old sons, Silas and Eli, in a stroller along a canal in Yuma Friday when a bee attacked her. She let go of the stroller, and it fell into the canal, drowning both toddlers.
Two recent shootings involving white law enforcement officers who killed black men — one in South Carolina and one in Oklahoma — have re-ignited the debate over the use of deadly force and race relations in the U.S.