Tulsa, Okla. – The final tragic moments of Eric Harris’s life were caught on video, as well as the sociopathic nature of law enforcement. Harris was accidently shot by a reserve deputy, apparently meaning to taser him, while on the ground being subdued by other officers.
Harris can be seen on the video running from police as the officer with the body cam gives chase, catching and taking Harris to the ground. Once on the ground the officer can be heard telling Harris, “Roll on your stomach now.”
Reserve officer Robert Bates, 73, can then be heard yelling “Tazer! Tazer!” as if to inform the other officer that he was about to use his stun gun on Harris, when suddenly a gunshot rings out.
“I shot him!” the stunned reserve officer says, as he drops his gun onto the ground. “I’m sorry.”
Tragically the next moments reveal the callous nature of law enforcement as the Harris is manhandled on the ground by the cops, after being shot, with an officer pressing his face into the ground with his knee.
An irate officer can then be seen screaming in the face of the bleeding gunshot victim yelling, “You ran! You f—kin ran! Shut the f— up!” as if running was some type of rational explanation for shooting him.
Subsequently, Harris can be heard screaming,
“He shot me! He shot me, man. Oh, my god. I’m losing my breath.”
To which an officer gives a response that can only be described as sociopathic, telling the dying Harris,
“F–k your breath! Shut the f–k up!”
Harris had been attempting to evade officers that were attempting to arrest him for selling a 9mm and ammunition to undercover cops, according to the NY Daily News.
Showing law enforcements clear disconnect with reality, Tulsa Police Sgt. Jim Clark told reporters at a news conference on Friday that Harris, “absolutely was a threat when going down,” which the video clearly shows wasn’t the case.
While this shooting may have been an accident, the standard police response of fabricating a story about the individual being shot due to posing a threat to officers is not.
The standard way in which police do this is on clear display in the case of Walter Scott, as officers, prior to video evidence surfacing, had painted him as a threat to officer safety that needed to be shot to protect the officer’s life. Sound familiar??
Harris was unarmed and died on April 2, about an hour after being shot.
As if the ineptitude of the officers in the case wasn’t enough, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Capt. Billy McKelvey claimed the arresting officers were not aware Harris had been shot, despite the gunshot noise and Bates’ admission as seen on the video.
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