It took only 3 hours for an all-white jury in Tulsa County to convict Oklahoma’s Barney Fife for the shooting death of an unarmed black man.
This particular case had the potential of becoming another Ferguson, MO.* The man who died was face-down on the ground, handcuffed and held by four law officers when Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates shot the man in the back.
The 73-year-old Bates thought that he was holding a taser instead of a gun when he pulled the trigger.
[*This particular case had the potential of becoming another Ferguson, MO because an acquittal would have resulted in a protest circus that would have made national news and brought the race hustlers to town.]
As the New York Daily News reports,
Fife’s Bates’ lack of training was a factor in this case: “The disgraced wannabe cop was required to complete 480 hours of field officer training, but it was revealed he was never qualified to carry a weapon, including the revolver used in the deadly shooting. Bates had never even been in a situation with a fleeing suspect before, the trial revealed.”
During his defense of Bates, attorney Clark Brewster tried a Hail-Mary pass by insisting that the deceased died of a heart attack that just so happened to take place immediately after the deceased was shot.
However, as one Tulsa resident observed, the jury wasn’t baffled by bovine excrement.
This isn’t the first time that Clark Brewster tried to baffle a jury with bull. Prior to defending Mister Bates, Brewster defended Oklahoma’s infamous penis-pump judge.
If Austin Powers ever needs a lawyer . . .
[Featured Image is a screenshot from a video posted on YouTube.]