Oklahoma law officers have been showing their support both in and outside of the courtroom for Del City police Capt. Randy Harrison, who is being tried on a manslaughter charge.
Harrison, 48, went on trial last week in the Oklahoma County courthouse.
He is charged in the shooting death of Dane Scott Jr.
Scott, 18, died after being shot once in the back on March 14, 2012, after a police pursuit and scuffle in southeast Oklahoma City. He had been disarmed when he was killed.
Officers in and out of uniform have attended each day of the trial this week, showing solidarity for a fellow officer outside of their own departments.
Oklahoma City and Nicoma Park police uniforms have been worn in the courtroom.
An Ellis County sheriff's deputy and Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper also have attended proceedings in uniform.
Logan County Sheriff Jim Bauman and two of his deputies were in the audience during prosecution witness testimony Friday morning.
Bauman has known Harrison for 20 years, he said.
“I'm here for him, but I'd be here for any law officer that's in this position,” Bauman said.
“We're here to just support and see the system work. Everything else is for the lawyers to figure out,” he said.
“Officers don't ask to be put in these situations. You hate to see an officer get charges filed on them because they're just trying to do their job,” said John George, president of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police.
Harrison is not a member of the Oklahoma City lodge.
“Most of our guys probably don't know Randy Harrison, but his dad and brother are retired Oklahoma City officers,” George said.
"We hate to see any law enforcement officer in this predicament,” he said.
“It's a hard job. It's a dangerous job. Most officers in their whole career never have to do anything like this at all. But any time they do go to work, this could happen,” George said.
“We'll let a jury hear it, and hopefully the outcome will be in favor of Capt. Harrison,” he said.
Harrison will resume his testimony Monday morning, and jurors are expected to begin deliberating later that day.
If convicted, he faces four years to life in prison.