If one thought the that the case of a wealthy septuagenarian who shot and killed an unarmed man, mistaking a gun for a taser, could not get any worse, one would be wrong.
Multiple sources now allege that reserve deputy Robert Bates didn’t even have basic, required training, and that the Tulsa Sheriff’s Department falsified Bates’s training worse –
….Supervisors at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify a reserve deputy’s training records, giving him credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received, sources told the Tulsa World.
At least three of reserve deputy Robert Bates’ supervisors were transferred after refusing to sign off on his state-required training, multiple sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the World.
Bates, 73, is accused of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris during an undercover operation on April 2.
The sources’ claims are corroborated by records, including a statement by Bates after the shooting, that he was certified as an advanced reserve deputy in 2007.
An attorney for Harris’ family also raised questions about the authenticity of Bates’ training records….