Betty Shelby: Tulsa Cop Who Shot Unarmed Terence Crutcher Acquitted by Jury

She shot and killed Terence Crutcher, 40, in September after he refused to follow her commands and walked toward his disabled SUV in the middle of a street.

"Betty Shelby murdered my brother", Tiffany Crutcher, center, said after officer Shelby was acquitted in the death of Terence Crutcher. "I have sorrow that this happened, that this man lost his life, but he caused the situation to occur", Shelby said.

Crutcher's father, Joseph, accepted the vote but said he knew the officer was guilty.

Video had shown the 40-year-old Crutcher raising his hands as he walked toward his auto, and then lowering one hand.

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 vehicle, an officer does not let them pull their arm back because they might be holding a gun, according to the Tulsa World.

"The list just goes on and on of unarmed black men getting killed by white police officers and they get away with it", attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the family, told reporters. Shelby has insisted her actions were driven entirely by the behavior of the man she shot. A judge allowed the jury to see aerial footage of the fatal shooting.

Shelby had been charged with first-degree manslaughter days after the killing.

"When is it going to stop — just officer-related shootings?" It does not change our work to institute community policing measures that empower citizens to work side by side with police officers in making our community safer.

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The defense accused Kunzweiler of hurriedly charging Shelby after the shooting and bowing to public and political pressure. "There was precise evidence that said she was guilty".

Ms Shelby said she fired her weapon out of fear because she said Mr Crutcher did not obey her commands to lie on the ground and appeared to reach inside his vehicle for what she thought was a gun.

"Terence was not the aggressor", said Tiffany Crutcher, Terence Crutcher's twin sister. "It doesn't matter that he's been raised right", she said. "Terence's hands were up".

A USA police officer who said she shot an unarmed black man "out of fear" while his hands were raised above his head has been cleared of manslaughter. Shelby's manslaughter trial began on May 8, 2017.

About 30 minutes after the verdict, Mayor G.T. Bynum announced he and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan would hold a press conference Thursday morning.

The status of that investigation isn't clear; Williams was among the dozens of USA attorneys who were asked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign in March. Shelby, who fatally shot an unarmed black man previous year, was found not guilty later Wednesday of first-degree manslaughter.

Afterword, Gov. Mary Fallin called for calm as dozens of protesters outside the courthouse chanted: "No justice". Reports say that once the jury handed in their verdict and heard it read, they started crying.

Terence Crutcher's family gave a statement on the eighth floor of the court to the media.


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