Judge to Reveal Documents in Tulsa Volunteer Deputy Shooting

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Findings of grand jury investigation into Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office released; made public at 2pm.

A judge quickly scheduled a hearing Wednesday after a grand jury submitted sealed findings as part of its investigation into an Oklahoma sheriff’s office that came under fire when a volunteer deputy shot an unarmed man. TULSA – A judge is scheduled to make a ruling based on recently released findings of the grand jury investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office at 2 p.m. The grand publically submitted a list of eight recommendations, including that the sheriff’s office improve its training and documentation, including better accountability of field training hours. The changes appear to address a leaked 2009 memo that questioned the training of reserve deputy Robert Bates, who fatally shot a man during a sting operation in April.

But the panel also gave Nightingale several sealed envelopes with its findings, which could include more recommendations or a decision on whether criminal charges are warranted. The office has faced criticism since Glanz’s friend, retired insurance executive Robert Bates, fatally shot Eric Harris in April while working as a reserve deputy.

His close ties to Glanz and the agency raised questions about the reserve deputy program and whether Bates and others received special treatment in return for the gifts. Jurors heard testimony from a corporal in the internal affairs division, Warren Crittenden, who claimed he was pressured to sign off on memos saying Bates was qualified for duty. Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Justin Green said Wednesday that deputy Michael Huckeby (huk-uh-BEE) submitted his resignation effective Thursday. The jury also has 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.

The judge said she would review the forms and reconvene at 2 to read the outcome.” Simonson went on to say that “the five allegations contained in the petition are: habitual or willful neglect of duty; gross partiality in office, oppression in office, corruption in office, and willful maladministration.

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