Tulsa Police Officer Found Not Guilty In Terrance Crutcher's Death
- Author: Anthony Vega May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 1:40
Shelby was charged six days after the shooting by Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler.
Shelby fatally shot Crutcher, who had PCP in his system at the time of his death, after she came across his auto parked along the side of the highway.
Crutcher's family called the verdict a disappointment. Terence did not attack her, Terence did not charge her. Terence was not the aggressor, Betty Shelby was the aggressor. "I'm going to make sure that I don't rest until we get reforms for this police department in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and we change the culture of this corrupt police department".
As of a couple of hours ago, there were protesters in the streets of Tulsa. Reports say that once the jury handed in their verdict and heard it read, they started crying.
Demonstrators gathered outside the courtroom Wednesday evening in peaceful protest at the verdict.
But the deepest scar of all is a swath that has yet to recover economically from a 1921 race riot where hundreds of black residents were killed their homes and businesses burned to the ground.
"Terence was not the aggressor; Betty Shelby was the aggressor".
Tiffany Crutcher said: "Betty Shelby murdered my brother and after she murdered my brother the Tulsa police department covered up for her".
The jury took more than eight hours to deliver a not guilty verdict for Betty Shelby, who shot 40-year-old father of four Terence Crutcher on September 16, 2016 after he walked away from her with his hands up, NBC reports.
Ready to get back to her life at the cost of an innocent man's?
As police helicopters circled overhead, Shelby claimed that Crutcher was erratic and not responding to her commands.
Prosecutors have said Shelby overreacted because Crutcher wasn't being combative and had his hands raised high.
A jury in Oklahoma concluded that a white female police officer justifiably feared for her life when she fatally shot a black man who was walking away from her with his hands up.
Recent of deaths of unarmed Black men killed by the police in the United State had sparked a national debate over racial bias in law enforcement and prompted calls for more police accountability. "These are officers who are paid to serve and protect us". "What I got out of this case was that a coverup was exposed". Shelby has insisted she did so out of fear he was reaching for a weapon inside the vehicle.
The court asked jurors to decide whether Shelby acted in a manner that was inexcusable or unjustified, or whether the motorist, Terence Crutcher, died as a result of his own actions.
An autopsy showed Mr Crutcher did have PCP in his system, and police said they found a vial of it in his SUV.
Jurors are to hear closing arguments Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of a white Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man a year ago. In police videos from the incident, Crutcher can be seen walking away from officers with his hands in the air before he is shot. Tulsa police have said Crutcher was unarmed and there was no weapon in his vehicle.
In another video filmed inside a police auto, Mr Crutcher was seen walking away from officers and toward his vehicle with his hands up before he approached the door on the driver's side. Another officer shocked him with a Taser at the same moment that the fatal shot was sacked.