Cop Who Shot Unarmed Black Man In Oklahoma Charged W/ Manslaughter
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Tulsa PD officer Betty Shelby has been charged with first-degree manslaughter over the shooting of Terence Crutcher, a 40-year old black man from Oklahoma.
Crutcher was standing next to his broken down car in Tulsa last week, and was fatally shot by Shelby while peacefully co-operating.
The officer claims he didn't follow commands, and says she opened fire because Crutcher began to reach into his car window.
Aerial and dashcam footage shows the man peacefully walking away with his hands clearly in the air and leaning on his vehicle as commanded.
During a press conference, Crutcher's family provided an enlarged image of the SUV; you can see what looks like a trickle of blood running down the window and side of the car, which the family says proves the window was rolled up.
This is the press conference:
Police have confirmed there was no gun on Crutcher's person, or inside the car.
Shelby's lawyer has told press that his client believed Crutcher was on the synthetic drug PCP. Police confirmed a small vial was found inside the car, but autopsy results have not been released to confirm if he had been under the influence at the time.
District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said a warrant has been issued for Shelby's arrest, and arrangements were being made with her lawyer for her surrender.
"Although she is charged, she is presumed innocent until a judge or jury determines otherwise.I don't know why things happen in this world the way they do. We need to pray for wisdom and guidance."
The US Justice Department has opened a separate case in order to determine if Crutcher's civil rights were violated.
If found guilty, Shelby faces a minimum of four years in prison. In the meantime, she has been placed on administrative leave with pay.
Photo: Police Handout / Crutcher Family.