Christopher Straight, a self-claimed supporter of Donald Trump, was charged with first-degree manslaughter after he provoked and killed 36-year-old black man Carlos Carson.
According to The Guardian, Straight was a former Tulsa police officer that was working as a security guard in a Tulsa hotel.
While working earlier this month, Straight provoked Carson during an altercation and ultimately killed him after shooting him in the head. Now, surveillance video shows what happened in the incident.
According to the report, Carson had been a guest at the hotel when he was asked to leave earlier in the morning of June 6 after he became upset that his car was vandalized while staying there.
A few minutes after leaving, Carson returned to the property where he was confronted by Straight.
According to the report, Straight got out of his pickup truck and pepper-sprayed Carson while his back was turned.
Security footage shows Carson walking away from Straight’s truck when the security guard sprayed him.
After being provoked, Carson confronted Straight and tried to pull him from his vehicle. A few seconds later Carson died when Straight shot him in the head.
Straight was arrested and later released on $50,000 bond.
Relatives said Carson had been struggling with mental health issues when he checked into the hotel for a few days.
“We’re not trying to paint him out to be an angel or saint,” said his brother Ananias Carson, a Tulsa police officer. “But no one needs to be assaulted, then shot, because they defended themselves.”
“My brother didn’t deserve what he got, especially in the manner that it happened,” he added, saying his brother had PTSD after a prison term. “He didn’t deserve that.”
According to The Guardian, Straight has a history of racism and bad behavior.
The day before killing Carson, Straight shared a Facebook meme with the words: “How about all lives matter. Not black lives, not white lives. Get over yourself no one’s life is more important than the next. Put your race card away and grow up.”
On May 31, he shared another meme that read: “If you are anti-police: I’m blue family, unfriend me,” along with the hashtag #Bluelivesmatter.
On May 28, Straight admitted to being a Trump supporter. “I support Trump and I will not apologize for it,” and Facebook photos show Straight wearing a red “Make America Great Again” cap.
Trump will be making a visit to Tulsa on Saturday for his first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic began.