Grand jury to convene

Ponca City Now - July 20, 2015 8:58 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A grand jury will begin investigating allegations of wrongdoing against the Tulsa County sheriff’s office, which came under scrutiny after a reserve deputy shot and killed an unarmed and restrained suspect in April.

Among the accusations that the grand jury is expected to consider after convening Monday is whether Sheriff Stanley Glanz gave special treatment to the reserve deputy, Robert Bates, who was Glanz’s close friend and had served as his campaign manager in 2012.

Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the killing of Eric Harris, who had run from deputies after allegedly being caught in a sting targeting illegal gun sales. Bates said he mistook his revolver for a stun gun.

A civil rights group gathered the thousands of signatures needed to empanel the grand jury.

 

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