The jury also heard from sheriff’s corporal Bill Adams, who called the memo “very accurate”, and said that Glanz could have done more to address its findings.
Andre said he’s looking forward to see what the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation will find in their investigations, but he does feel like he got justice Wednesday. We The People Organizer Marq Lewis said the probe wasn’t personal, but about the security of public safety for the City of Tulsa and Tulsa County.
To summarize, the grand jury found that TCSO needs to follow its own policies, and should revise a few of those policies to make any internal investigations more independent.
Scott Wood, an attorney for Glanz, told reporters the sheriff was stepping down after the grand jury accused him of displaying gross partiality in office, willfully neglecting his duty, and corruption in office.
Lewis says the results of the investigation are “a statement to never bet against the citizens, the people of Tulsa County”. Glanz plans to plead not guilty, his attorney said after the Wednesday court hearing where the charges were announced. After the shooting, his attorneys released a few of his training records, including certificates showing what training he received, job evaluation reports and weapons training and qualification records dating to 2008. Glanz directed employees to “hold on to it”, the indictment alleges. The grand jury was called to investigate after a volunteer deputy, Robert Bates, fatally shot an unarmed man in April. He was indicted on two misdemeanour counts. A grand jury that was convened earlier this year handed down a recommendation that Glanz be suspended immediately and a hearing is set for November 10 to review the jury’s findings.
Robert Bates, second from right, leaves his arraignment in Tulsa, …
“The sheriff is entitled to a jury trial still, because it did come from a grand jury, but, I mean, that is the worst”, Phillips said.
The recommendations include improving training and documentation at the office, and making its internal affairs department more autonomous.
In this photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Office is Eric Harris, 44.
Sheriff Stanley Glanz speaks during a news conference about… Tulsa County District Judge Rebecca Nightingale says the report is expected to be released later Wednesday.
The sheriff’s office said Bates thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at Harris while officers attempted to restrain him. Bates pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges.
The other charge didn’t appear to be related to Bates or Harris. He is charged in the April 2 killing of Eric Harris, who ran from Tulsa County deputies after a sting involving gun sales.
Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Justin Green said Wednesday that deputy Michael Huckeby (huk-uh-BEE) submitted his resignation effective Thursday.