Officer charged over shooting death
A white reserve police officer has been charged with manslaughter after a black man was fatally shot as he lay on the ground.
Tulsa County prosecutors filed a second-degree manslaughter charge against 73-year-old Robert Bates, the latest shooting of an African-American by a white police officer to draw scrutiny.
Police treatment of minorities has become a major issue in the US after the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City and recently South Carolina.
A police investigator has said Bates thought he drew a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at 44-year-old Eric Harris in the shooting on April 2.
Bates is charged with second-degree manslaughter "involving culpable negligence," Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in a statement.
A video of the incident shot by deputies with sunglass cameras and released at the request of the victim's family, shows a deputy chase and tackle Harris, whom they said tried to sell an illegal gun to an undercover officer.
As the deputy subdues Harris on the ground, a gunshot rings out and a man says: "Oh, I shot him. I'm sorry."
Harris was treated by medics at the scene and died in a Tulsa hospital.