Tulsa County sheriff to testify before grand jury – Tahlequah Daily Press: News
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Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 11:01 amTULSA (AP) –
Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury investigating the agency after a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man. Grand jurors have been conducting a probe of Glanz’s office for the past seven weeks. At least 19 current or former sheriff’s office employees and others have been called upon to testify, including fired Maj. Shannon Clark, demoted Capt. Billy McKelvey and former Maj. Tom Huckeby, the Tulsa World reported.
The investigation was launched after former reserve deputy Robert Bates fatally shot Eric Harris, who was unarmed, on April 2. Bates has said he mistook his hand gun for a stun gun. After the shooting, it was discovered that officer Robert Bates hadn’t received adequate training over the years of his service.
Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death. Glanz confirmed the subpoena Thursday after a swearing-in ceremony for 21 cadets. He declined to comment further on his upcoming grand jury appearance next week.
The reserve deputy program has been temporarily suspended, and full-time deputies will provide security this fall at the Tulsa State Fair, a service traditionally covered by reserve deputies.“If they are doing their duty and something happens and they make a mistake and they’re charged with a crime, then I think I have some responsibility to try to assist them with that,” Glanz said. “I know Bates has lost a lot of money and his reputation’s been severely criticized in this community, and it’s uncalled for. It’s not good.”Regardless of the investigation, Glanz said he’s confident about the future of the deputy reserve program at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.“We do it right, I believe,” he said. “I think this one situation really has brought a spotlight, and I’m not sure it was all called for.”
Newsoklahoma reports that the hearing was closed to the public. Bates’ attorneys, Brewster & De Angelis, appeared to be represented by another law firm, according to an online court document filed Friday afternoon by Frederic Dorwart Lawyers.
Tulsa World News reports that Warren Crittenden is a critical figure who has testified before the grand jury. Crittenden was a corporal in Internal Affairs at the Sheriff’s Office. He wrote reports in a 2009 internal probe regarding former Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates. Crittendon has said that he felt pressured to sign off on memorandums he didn’t write. Those memos stated Bates was capable of performing the functions of a patrol deputy and should be granted advanced reserve status based on the “outstanding ability” he had shown in the field.