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The cop that allegedly gunned down Eric Harris is going on a Caribbean vacation before his next court appearance.

After pleading not guilty to charges that he shot Harris dead, Oklahoma Reserve Deputy Robert Bates asked to be allowed to attend a family vacation in the Bahamas earlier today. USA Today reports that a Tulsa judge cleared him for travel, but he is required to return to court on July 2.

The idea of the 73-year-old volunteer officer taking a leisurely excursion has upset Harris’ family, who issued a statement. They believe it is incredibly disrespectful of Bates as a suspect to be allowed such a luxury while still going through legal proceedings in Harris’ death and so quickly after the incident.

“Whether intended or not, Mr. Bates’ vacationing in the Bahamas at this time sends a message of apathy with respect to the shooting and Eric’s life,” Eric’s loved ones said the message released by their lawyer. “At a time when we are still mourning the death of a loved one that he shot down in the street, Mr. Bates will be relaxing and enjoying his wealth and privilege.”

Bates was arrested in Harris’ murder, but he was released on $25,000 bail. Although the judge was within his rights to approve Bates’ request, it has drawn some criticism from legal experts.

“This is far from routine — it’s extraordinary,” said former federal prosecutor, Manny Medrano. “I’m astounded the judge would allow it.”

It’s so unusual that Medrano, who is now criminal prosecutor in Los Angeles, speculated on whether the judge was showing favoritism to Bates. He mused, “You really have to question whether the officer is receiving unique and special treatment.”

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6 thoughts on “Judge Allows Eric Harris’ Alleged Killer To Go On Vacation…In The Bahamas

  1. specialt757 on said:

    No this wanna be cop should not be allowed to leave the jurisdiction. If were a black man that “accidentally” shot a white man this wouldn’t be an issue, his ass would be locked up until his trial. You just watch, evidence is already starting to “disappear” like training hours and who knows what else. They’re already preparing for Bates to get off on this murder case just by saying it was manslaughter. He’s not going to serve one day in jail. I have no faith in their court system to do right by Eric Harris’ death.

  2. Linda on said:

    Lupe*–If this POS wanna be PIG Bates had SHOT AND KILLED one of your family members-would you still have this same opinion??????

  3. monica on said:

    Nothing is surprising anymore when it comes to what white people do.. they have no regard for anything other then themselves and they always look out for each other. The family should start a petition to have this judge removed he is obviously already biased.

  4. Lupe' on said:

    Linda, the important thing is that the man returns to face Justice. Innocent until proven guilty. The judge had to decide if this cop was a flight risk. He decided he was not so he let him go. It really isn’t our business what the man does on his free time. He is innocent until proven guilty.
    Linda don’t get to worked up. Lets wait until all the facts are out. The media has proven to be a unreliable source of information.

  5. Linda on said:

    The judge in this case showed a total disregard for the victim by allowing the POS wanna be cop Bates to go out of the country!!!!

    Where is it writtent that you can shoot and kill an innocent person, then just go fishing as if NOTHING happened!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A new judge needs to be brought into this matter and Bates should not be allowed out of the jurisdiction.

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