Ex-Tulsa sheriff’s spokesman says he was wrongfully fired

Ponca City Now - August 5, 2015 8:47 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A former spokesman for the Tulsa County sheriff’s office says he was wrongfully fired following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a volunteer deputy.

Shannon Clark, formerly a major with Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement Tuesday that he is "looking forward" to testifying before a grand jury investigating allegations of wrongdoing in the agency.

Grand jurors are expected to spend much of Tuesday touring the county jail to gather evidence.

Reserve deputy Robert Bates is accused of killing Eric Harris on April 2. Bates has since resigned from the agency.

After the shooting, Clark denied the existence of a 2009 internal memo highlighting Bates’ lack of training. The memo was later released by an attorney for Harris’ family.


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