On Wednesday, six months after a volunteer reserve deputy, Bob Bates, shot and killed an unarmed man, Eric Harris, a grand jury indicted Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz on misconduct charges. The New York Times reports that Glanz will step down as sheriff.
Glanz has served as sheriff for more than 26 years; his friend Bates, an insurance broker, led his most recent re-election campaign. Bates (the circumstances of whose training as a reserve depity are murky at best) has plead not-guilty to charges of second-degree manslaughter in Harris’ April shooting death.
According to the Tulsa World, the grand jury returned three indictments: two misdemeanors (refusal to perform official duty and willful violation of the law) and a third, sealed indictment—its charge unknown. The grand jury also recommended that Glanz be removed from office.
From the World:
The first count charges the sheriff with failing to turn over a report on the 2009 internal investigation into Bates despite lawful requests for it from media outlets. Glanz directed employees to “hold on to it,” the indictment alleges.
The second accuses Glanz of “regularly” using county vehicles for official business despite taking a $600 monthly stipend to use his personal vehicle.
Glanz’s attorney did not give a date for the sheriff’s official resignation, but said that Undersheriff Rick Weigel would take over his duties immediately.