Tulsa County pays $150k settlement to fired official

Ponca City Now - August 30, 2016 1:08 pm

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A former spokesman for an Oklahoma sheriff's office that was investigated after a reserve deputy fatally shot an unarmed man has reached a $150,000 settlement over his firing.

The Tulsa World reports that Tulsa County will pay the sum to fired Maj. Shannon Clark, who filed a tort claim claiming he was wrongfully terminated by the sheriff's office.

Clark has said he was wrongly blamed for leaking a 2009 internal report that questioned the field training of ex-reserve deputy Robert Bates, who fatally shot Eric Harris in April 2015.

The internal report was released to reporters by an attorney for the Harris family after the shooting.

Bates was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and sentenced in May to four years in prison.

The county doesn't admit fault in the agreement.

 

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