Smolen, Smolen and Roytman lawyers spoke at a press conference on Monday, April 13 discussing the media releases and claims made by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) regarding the fatal shooting of Eric Harris.
TCSO made a public statement that they did not have any contact with the Harris family after the shooting, which is false. Andre Harris, Eric’s brother, was approached by a TCSO employee on April 3, the day after the shooting, which is shown by video footage during the conference.
Andre Harris said he was asked by a TCSO sheriff’s office employee if he hired a lawyer saying, “Well if you hire a lawyer it will slow this process down. What we want to do is speed it up. If you hire a lawyer it will gump things up.”
The press conference also covers the weapons used on April 2. “I think that if Mr. Bates had been trained at all, which I believe will be reflected ultimately through the lack of records to substantiate his training, that an officer who is trained would never get these two weapons confused,” says Dan Smolen.
*image and video from KRJH