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Oklahoma sheriff indicted, plans to resign

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Grand jury indicts Oklahoma sheriff in investigation of fatal shooting by volunteer deputy.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury called to investigate his office following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a volunteer deputy whose training had come into question. Grand jurors indicted Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz on two misdemeanor counts, accusing the longtime sheriff of refusing to perform his official duties for not promptly releasing documents in an internal investigation related to the volunteer deputy, Robert Bates. I am inspired when I visit with grateful patients in our waiting room and recommit myself when I hear from former patients who choose to donate their financial gifts to carry on the work.

Glanz’s attorney, Scott Wood, later said the sheriff — who has long refused calls to step down — would resign before a Nov. 10 hearing on the indictments. Grand jurors completed their investigation Wednesday into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and released several recommendations to Tulsa County District Judge Rebecca Nightingale.

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 grand jury also publicly 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 recommendations appear to address a leaked 2009 memo that alleged top sheriff’s office officials knew Bates was inadequately trained but pressured other officers to look away. 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.

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.

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