The shooting, captured on video, was one in a series that raised questions of racial bias in U.S. policing.
He will serve the maximum of four years in prison.
The grand jury also recommended he be removed from office.
Eric Harris’ autopsy results show he had meth in his system when he was shot and killed by a volunteer deputy last month.
'Why?' It's the most useful one word sentence in the English language. It's how we begin the search for causes, for understanding, for truth. We have to figure out why something happened before we can figure out how to make change going forward.
Since the shooting, questions have arisen as to why Bates was participating in an undercover gun buy, and whether he had
Bad police tactics can lead to bad shootings. Poor planing and a lack of communication between partner officers can lead to excessive force or even deadly force. An inability to empathize and relate to the community served can also lead to devaluation of a human life.
Records show that Bates became a reserve deputy around the time he became a donor to the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, according
Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Accused Of 'Character Assassination' For Releasing Video Of Dead Suspect
Marq Lewis, an organizer with We The People Oklahoma, said Wednesday that police are trying to slander Harris's character
No one can deny black men's vulnerability in this society and the recent killings of Walter Scott and Eric Harris are painful reminders, but the fact is black women suffer the same injustices. Silence in mainstream and black America is the only reason why it isn't widely acknowledged.
The Tulsa County volunteer deputy has disputed a Tulsa World report that sheriff's office supervisors were ordered to falsify
Citizens deserve police departments in which high-risk frontline positions are staffed by professionals who are held accountable to the public, not a sheriff's personal friends playing cop.
You really can buy anything in America in 2015 -- even things you would never guess in a million years that someone wanted to buy. Who knew, before this weekend, that if you donate enough money, you can even become a quasi-cop and go chasing down criminals and assorted poor people in your spare time? Is this an exceptional country or what?
How long can we expect to see new reports and videos of unarmed black men being shot by police in incidents all across the country? Aspects of two of the most recent shootings in Tulsa, Okla. and North Charleston, S.C., suggest some answers to the question, and the answers do not bode well.
The 'Abbreviated Training Process' Of 'Pay To Play Cops' And How It Relates To The Death Of Eric Harris
Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation about "pay to play" cops here. After the shooting, Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley
"You'll find that the people doing the oppressing always want to start the narrative at a convenient part, or always want