Good news! Tulsa police to investigate themselves after fatal shooting by 73-year-old pretend cop

Tulsa sheriff's office
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The big wheels of justice keep on turnin'.

Just two weeks after a 73-year-old reserve officer shot and killed a black man running away from an undercover sting operation, the Tulsa (Okla.) County Sheriff's Office has announced an "internal review" of its deputy reserve program, which apparently allows anyone to carry a gun and badge if they're fishing buddies with Sheriff Stanley Glanz and also buy cruisers and other equipment for the police.

Because, you see, Robert Bates, the pretend cop in question, is in real life a wealthy insurance executive. He's also 73 in real life, whether he's being an insurance executive or mistaking his pistol for a Taser, as he claims he did when he shot Eric Harris on April 2, for which he is being charged with second-degree murder.

Also, we'd mention that Bates was the campaign manager for Glanz's successful 2012 re-election bid, but that's probably not relevant to any of this.

We wish the Tulsa sheriff's office well in its "internal review," which we're sure will result in a clean bill of health! But maybe to help it along a little bit, the sheriff's office might consider looking into some of the information reported in Thursday's Tulsa World:

Supervisors at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify a reserve deputy’s training records, giving him credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received, sources told the Tulsa World.

At least three of reserve deputy Robert Bates’ supervisors were transferred after refusing to sign off on his state-required training, multiple sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the World. ...

Sheriff Stanley Glanz told a Tulsa radio station this week that Bates had been certified to use three weapons, including a revolver he fired at Harris. However, Glanz said the Sheriff’s Office has not been able to find the paperwork on those certifications.

But we're sure they will! And do you know why? We'll let Undersheriff Tim Albin, who denied all of the above to the newspaper, explain: 

"There aren’t any secrets in law enforcement. Zero."

Internal review complete!

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