Okla. cop's attorney says race a factor in charges
OKLAHOMA CITY – The attorney for a white Oklahoma police captain charged with felony manslaughter for shooting a fleeing black teen in the back contends the charges were filed against his client in part to prevent racial discord.
Capt. Randy Harrison was charged last week with one count of first-degree manslaughter for the March 14 shooting of 18-year-old Dane Scott, Jr. Harrison had struggled with Scott and took a handgun away from him before the teen fled.
Harrison's attorney Irven Box said Monday that racial unrest prompted by a shooting rampage by two white suspects that left three black people dead in Tulsa and the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida helped create a "perfect storm against my client."
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater didn't return telephone calls seeking comment.