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I'm never gonna frame an innocent man again... unless I know he's black for sure!
~ Harrison Yates vowing to only frame black people of crimes and arrest them.
Boys. We are back in business!
~ Harrison Yates to his men when they are ordered to contain the riots.

Harrison Yates is a major antagonist from the animated series South Park. He is the secondary antagonist of the 2017 video game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole and the main antagonist of The Pandemic Special .

He is the chief of police of South Park who is racist and often abuses his power.

He is voiced by Trey Parker.

Biography

Yates is the police chief of South Park. He runs an entire station full of corrupt cops, and apparently has some grudge against any black man wealthier than he is. So he (and the rest of the South Park police) organize them to be framed for bogus crimes by planting evidence. He doesn't seem to give a damn whenever there's any real crime in South Park. In "The Jeffersons" he even tried to have Michael Jefferson/Jackson arrested, and only decided not to when he found out Mr. Jackson was going to give away all his money.

Personality

Yates appears to be rather gullible and believes in the supernatural, and often wastes time by conducting extremely trivial investigations. He seems to enjoy letting other people solve crimes for him, be they supposed psychic mediums, the Hardly Boys, Butters Stotch, or Mysterion (Kenny). He is also stupid (possibly slightly more so than Officer Barbrady), racist and misogynistic, the last two of which he is perfectly willing to misuse the law to satisfy.

Like most other South Park citizens, however, he does not notice these negative traits or rather believes they are good. His microscopic intelligence is showcased when it took him (presumably) hours of extensive research to understand that a left-hand remains as such, regardless of the angle of which it's seen.

There is a great possibility that he is a closet homosexual or at least bisexual as depicted in "Butters' Bottom Bitch" where he takes his prostitute role way too seriously and marries his pimp in order to arrest him. In "Naughty Ninjas" he suggests he "might even kiss a dude" while hula dancing.

Some of his most evil deeds are feeding black people to Shub-Niggurath and murdering multiple children.

The Fractured But Whole

Yates participated in the Mitch Conner's conspiracy, being directly responsible for the drug epidemic. During the game, he initially makes the New Kid a "Junior Detective" and gives the him/her missions to beat up black people so he can arrest them on fake charges of drug dealing, with Token's parents included among his victims.

It's later revealed that he was secretly the leader of a police cult that worships Shub-Niggurath, a being that could only be "appeased" by being fed "black meat" (ie. African-Americans). Amusingly, he spends the most of the game increasingly insisting that the police aren't racists, even as it becomes increasingly clear that they are.

The New Kid, along with the combined forces of Coon and Friends and Freedom Pals, defeat him and his fellow officers.

The Pandemic Special

He serves as the main antagonist of The Pandemic Special . In this episode, he loses his job as a police man due to outrage over police brutality. He then becomes the abusive teacher of the students, alongside his fellow officers. Whilst teaching, he wrongfully shoots Token and then lies that he had COVID and falsely quarantines in an abusive and authoritarian manner to save his own skin. When the children escape the school, the town panics, thinking they have COVID. Harrison Yates and his men then are allowed to contain the riots, and they do so brutally, murdering multiple children and attempting to kill Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Butters until Randy stops them.

Trivia

  • His role as the main antagonist of The Pandemic Special is due to the mass protests against police brutality following George Floyds murder in 2020, as The Pandemic Special was a satire of the year of 2020.
  • Like all police officers in South Park, Yates hates wealthy African-Americans.
  • He and Officer Barbrady never interacted onscreen until "The City Part of Town", after co-existing for over a decade. They seem to be on friendly terms.
  • Despite being a supporting character, he serves a major or main antagonistic role in several big South Park events such as The Fractured But Whole and The Pandemic Special.

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