I am currently 84 years old but it was in my seventies that I realized there were things to do and things not to do. Robert Bates is an insurance man who is 73 and had decided that playing cop is just the right sort of way to spend his off times. Mr. Bates is a reserve police officer in Oklahoma and so enjoys riding with real cops and pretending that he is simply one of the boys. He currently is being charged with killing Eric Harris who was halted by police for God knows what crime such as riding without a seat belt or a broken rear headlight. Somehow, in some way, Mr. Bates got caught up in pursuing a black man, and we all know that when cops pursue a black man something bad will eventually ensue. Somehow, in some way, Mr. Bates confused his Taser with a real gun and blasted away at a man who lacked a Taser or a real gun. Mr.
Bates is being charged with manslaughter. Why he is being charged with anything is a real mystery of life and death.
It turns out that records of how Mr. Bates performed on the firing range simply can not be discovered. Why a 73 year old man with the reflexes of a 73 year old man was allowed to become involved in a real issue of policing is a mystery. Anyway, Mr. Bates at this very moment is in the Bahamas relaxing after the exhausting work of confusing his Taser with his gun.