Unarmed African American man shot dead by white security guard in Tulsa

Video released shows the fatal shooting of an unarmed African American man by a white security guard in a motel parking lot in Tulsa, Oklahoma, earlier this month.

Christopher Straight, 53, has since been charged with first-degree manslaughter in connection to the shooting.

The incident, which occurred around noon on 6 June, began when Straight used pepper spray on Carson as he walked near his car in a motel parking lot.

Carson was a guest at the hotel and was asked to leave the premises earlier that morning after complaining his car was vandalized and getting upset, according to the police report.

When Carson returned to the property a few minutes later, Straight, working as a security guard, got out of his truck and sprayed Carson with pepper spray.

Carson then confronted Straight and the two men fought as Carson attempted to pull Straight out of the car.

After a few seconds, Straight shot Carson in the head.

Straight told investigators he used the mace in an attempt to “deter” Carson from being aggressive so he could detain him for trespassing. But in the arrest affidavit, authorities said Straight’s behavior appeared unprovoked.

“You don’t get to pick a fight and then claim self-defense,” said Lt. Brandon Watkins from Tulsa Police Department.

He was booked into the Tulsa County jail that afternoon and posted a $50,000 bond the same day.

In 2018, Straight resigned from the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office as a sergeant at the jail, where he had worked since 2005 amid an internal investigation of alleged racist behaviour and mistreatment. He was also the subject of three lawsuits by inmates related to his behavior while on duty, according to federal court records.

Ananias Carson, Carlos’s older brother, described him as a “good dude” who “loved his family, loved his kids and didn’t really have to do anything but be around family.

He leaves behind two sons.