(WBOC) — OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Prosecutors’ decision to charge a white Oklahoma police captain with felony manslaughter after he shot a fleeing black teenager in the back was made in part to prevent the kind of racial discord that erupted after high-profile shootings in Florida and Tulsa, the officer’s attorney claimed Monday.
Capt. Randy Harrison was charged last week with one count of first-degree manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr., who was shot March 14 after a car chase in the Oklahoma City suburb of Del City.
Harrison’s lawyer, Irven Box, said recent cases helped create a “perfect storm against my client.” He cited the arrests of two white men accused of fatally shooting three black people in Tulsa during a shooting spree that investigators described as racially motivated. Box also noted the protests sparked by the death of Trayvon Martin, the black teen who was unarmed when he was shot in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer.