Are we really going to do this? Are we really going to pretend that this was some deficiency in this guy's training?
We're really going to buy this scumbag's story that he couldn't tell the difference between a gun and a taser?
He couldn't differentiate between this
I mean, the suspect had already been tackled by an actual cop, and there were at least two other real cops on the scene, so there was no reason to go for the taser at all. Bates was not in any danger at all. Neither were any of the real cops, or any bystanders. The only one in any danger was Eric Harris.
And Bates has been a fake reserve pretend playtime deputy since 2008. Five years pretending to be on the job, and he can't tell whether he has a pistol or a taser in his hand?
That is apparently what the Tulsa Police would have us believe.
Sgt. Jim Clark of the Tulsa Police, who investigated the incident as an outside party, said Bates didn’t commit any crime or policy violation, according to the Tulsa World.Okay, sure. I'll buy that. Under extreme stress, a person can make that sort of mistake. But this guy was NOT in a situation of extreme stress. The suspect had been subdued. There were three real cops there to handle the situation. No one was in any danger. How was he under any stress?
“He was a true victim of slips and capture,” Clark said, which he claimed is a scientifically proven phenomenon.
Clark told the media that “slips and capture” occurs in medicine, aviation and law enforcement when mistakes are made during dire emergencies or when someone is under extreme stress. He said the person believes they are doing one thing, but are actually doing something else, saying an officer can go into “auto pilot” or tunnel vision during a stressful situation.
You want another reason to believe that Bates was the type of guy who would be looking for an excuse to shoot someone?
In Bates’ seven-page statement to Tulsa County sheriff’s investigators, obtained by the World on Wednesday, the reserve deputy states he previously attended a five-day homicide investigation school in Dallas and received “active shooter response training” by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona.
Yeah, Maricopa County. He got his "active shooter response training" from this guy:
So apparently, we're just going to go ahead and assume that this guy just accidentally fired a revolver instead of his taser in a tragic accident, and charge him with second degree manslaughter? I guess I should be somewhat pleased that he was charged at all, but still.