TULSA, Okla. — Public costs connected to the case involving an ex-reserve deputy who fatally shot an unarmed man has reached over $334,000.
The costs have reached $334,160 following the settlement of tort claim filed by a former spokesman for an Oklahoma sheriff’s office against Tulsa County, The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2cTBTmI ) reports.
Former Sheriff Stanley Glanz fired Maj. Shannon Clark after Robert Bates fatally shot Eric Harris in April 2015. Clark claimed he was fired during a “biased sham investigation,” to find out who leaked an internal document that questioned Bates’ field training to the media. Clark said he was wrongly blamed for the leak.
The 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 settled with Clark for $150,000, but didn’t admit fault in the agreement.
The newspaper reports the county had incurred over $180,000 in expenses connected to the shooting prior to the settlement. The newspaper reported that more than $105,000 was spent to have a review of the sheriff’s office in light of the fatal shooting, and more than $30,000 was spent to contest a grand jury petition in June 2015 that sought to have Glanz from office.
There are two pending civil rights lawsuits that say Bates used excessive force in separate incidents that may lead to more costs for the county.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com