November 27, 2013
An Oklahoma jury has convicted a veteran police captain of first-degree manslaughter in the death of an unarmed teenager who was running away after scuffling with the officer.
Del City Police captain Randy Trent Harrison shot Dane Scott Jr in the back on 14 March 2012, following a high-speed chase that began when Harrison tried to pull over Scott’s car.
Harrison had previously arrested Scott on drug violations, and prosecutors said his pursuit of the teenager crossed the line from professional to personal. The defense portrayed Scott as a drug dealer and said Harrison believed the teen was reaching for a second weapon after the officer took one gun from him during a scuffle that followed the police chase.