TULSA, Okla. — Authorities have released video showing the fatal encounter of a black suspect with a white reserve sheriff’s deputy who police said thought he was holding a stun gun instead of his handgun when he shot the man during a recent arrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The video of the April 2 incident shows a Tulsa County deputy chase and tackle Eric Harris, 44, whom they accuse of trying to sell an illegal gun to an undercover officer.
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As cellphone video often is, the footage of Walter Scott’s last moments is shaky and amateurishly framed.
What it depicts, though, is clear as a bell: a white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., shooting eight times toward the back of a portly, middle-aged black man as the suspect — pulled over because of his car’s broken taillight —…
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