Jury finds Oklahoma cop not guilty in shooting of black man

After over eight hours of discussion, the jury acquitted her on Wednesday, sparking peaceful protest outside of the courthouse doors in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"Those who disagree with the verdict have the right to express their opinions", Fallin said in an official statement.

"Let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder, and I don't know what was in the mind of that jury", said Crutcher's father, Joseph, after the ruling.

Shelby told the jury in her own defense on Monday that she was taught during law enforcement training that if a suspect reaches into an area like a auto, an officer does not let them pull their arm back because they might be holding a gun, according to the Tulsa World.

According to the Associated Press, Shelby doubled down on blaming Crutcher for his own demise saying during the trial she maintained the training she received as an officer.

Shelby testified that she feared for her life and that Crutcher was acting erratically and reaching for a gun when she shot him.

About 100 demonstrators gathered in a plaza outside the courthouse on Wednesday evening in peaceful protest at the verdict. Crutcher's hands were in his pockets, and when she told him to take them out, he put them straight into the air.

Jordan said TPD is now analyzing the status of Betty Shelby's employment.

The shooting was among a spate of officer-involved shootings in recent years that helped galvanize the Black Lives Matter movement and prompted calls for more police accountability.

A civil case is expected against Shelby, the city of Tulsa and its police department.

Crutcher's family said they were disappointed by the verdict, NBC News reported, and called the Tulsa Police Department "corrupt".

A jury in Tulsa, Oklahoma, acquitted a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black man.

Several jurors cried after the verdict, according to the Tulsa World.

"I don't know what was in the mind of that jury, how they could come to that conclusion", he said.

Many facts in the case (including whether a weapon was in Crutcher's vehicle - there was not) were heavily disputed before trial. Yes, we have great officers out there, but with anything you have good and bad.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Shelby overreacted, and pointed out that Crutcher was not acting combative when he was confronted by police, per ABC News.

Family members and local pastors condemned the defense's arguments that they say made Crutcher into the villain.

Prosecutors told jurors that Shelby overreacted.

"This verdict does not alter the course on which we are adamantly set", he said. An autopsy found PCP in Crutcher's system, and a vial of the drug was discovered in Crutcher's vehicle.

"It does not change our recognition of the racial disparities that have afflicted Tulsa historically", he said. "When will the police change policy?" The police chief will review an internal affairs investigation that will determine whether she again patrols Tulsa streets.

During a trial in Tulsa, Betty Shelby, 43, said she had shot Terence Crutcher, 40, because she feared he was reaching for a gun in his auto during a routine traffic matter last September.

  • Leroy Wright