Cop who shot dead unarmed Terence Crutcher beats manslaughter charge
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 8:07
A jury has acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer of first-degree manslaughter who said she fired out of fear a year ago when she killed an unarmed black man with his hands held above his head. "I have four grandchildren that are home now without their daddy." said Terence Crutcher's father continued by saying that he believes Shelby got away with murder.
20, 2016 police officials said it appeared that 40-year old Terence Crutcher's only crime was his auto had broken down.
An autopsy showed Mr Crutcher did have PCP in his system, and police said they found a vial of it in his SUV. Shelby claimed Crutcher repeatedly reached into his pocket.
The mayor went on to say that all officers will have body cameras. But the reaction in Tulsa was more muted, with protests but no violence.
The trial against 43-year-old Shelby began May 10 with prosecutors outlining how the the former Tulsa Police Department officer came in contact with Crutcher and then escalated a situation that should've remained as a routine traffic stop.
McMurray elicited groans from the gallery last week when she asked an investigator if a screwdriver found on the center console of Crutcher's auto could be considered a weapon.
The shooting was one of a series of recent incidents involving white police officers killing unarmed black men that have prompted calls for police reform and garnered attention from the Black Lives Matter movement. Mr Crutcher's family said police attempted to "demonise" Mr Crutcher over the drug possession to deflect attention from the fact officers did not find a gun inside his vehicle. "Betty Shelby was following him with his hands up". "Terence's hands were up".
It seems that's what happened, as the protest ended shortly after midnight, according to the World.
Officer Shelby was stone-faced as the verdict was read out after more than eight hours of jury deliberations.
The status of that investigation isn't clear; Williams was among the dozens of US attorneys who were asked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign in March.
At that rally, Crutchers family called for one concrete change: For city leadership to block Shelby from returning to her job. Tulsa Police Department Fraternal Order of Police Chairman Jerad Lindsey said "this is not a celebratory moment". Crutcher's family started crying as well as Shelby's attorney.
She also criticized police for not immediately providing care after Terence Crutcher was shot. "So in the end, he caused his own", Shelby said.
Shelby testified Monday that she fired her weapon because "I feared for my life". It does not change our recognition of the racial disparities that have afflicted Tulsa historically..