TULSA – The family of a man killed by a former reserve deputy is now taking action against the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
Eric Harris’ family is currently seeking 75,000 in damages in a civil suit against the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. The family believes there were a number of missteps in the department.
Robert Bates, who shot Harris, along with former Sheriff Stanley Glanz and three deputies, are named in the suit.
The family's lawyer, Dan Smolen, spoke with 2 Works for You Wednesday.
“You've got the same officers who are involved in the shooting. And then participate in the investigation of what is a homicide. Robert Bates undeniably shot Eric Harris in the streets of Tulsa.”
Smolen's office filed another lawsuit Wednesday, on behalf of a man tased by Bates last February.
Bates himself will go to trial in April and faces a second-degree manslaughter charge for shooting and killing a suspect during an undercover operation last April.
His attorney and the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office declined to comment.
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