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Cop who shot dead unarmed Terence Crutcher beats manslaughter charge

Cop who shot dead unarmed Terence Crutcher beats manslaughter charge

Shelby was charged six days after the shooting by Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler.

Officer Shelby said she shot him when he appeared to be reaching into the driver's window of the S.U.V., fearing that he was getting a gun, though no weapon was found in the vehicle or on Mr. Crutcher. Her attorneys called other police officers who had previous run-ins with Crutcher where he was allegedly "noncompliant" and "defiant", resulting in a stun gun being used on one occasion. "She's ready to get back to her life", defence lawyer Shannon McMurray said.

Shelby's attorneys argued that in the two minutes before cameras began recording the encounter, Shelby repeatedly ordered Crutcher to stop walking away from her and get on the ground.

Photo of Betty Shelby courtesy of Twitter. Shelby has been on unpaid leave. "Our thoughts and prayers should be with the Terence Crutcher and Betty Shelby families during this hard time". Hes worked closely with Police Chief Chuck Jordan, also white, who won praise for the quick release of video of the Crutcher shooting from police dashboard and helicopter cameras. “It does not change our recognition of the racial disparities that have afflicted Tulsa historically.”.

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.

The rest of the family expressed their disappointment in the verdict even going as far as to call the police "corrupt".

People took to the streets of downtown Tulsa Wednesday night into Thursday morning, reacting to the not guilty verdict for Betty Shelby.

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Those rules limit a judge's discretion and are typically dictated, for example, by the quantity of drugs involved in a crime. Mr Sessions also said that "these are not low-level drug offenders we in the federal courts are focusing on".

Shelby shot Crutcher in September of 2016. Some of them then marched down the street to the hotel where they believed Shelby was staying and blocked traffic in an intersection, the Tulsa World reported.

Terrence Crutcher's sister, Tiffany Crutcher, said to the reporters after the verdict that her brother never threatened or attacked the police womann, who said she was afraid for her life as she saw him heading to his auto.

Jerad Lindsey, chairman of Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, said the jury made the right verdict, but that it didn't change the fact that Crutcher's death was tragic.

"I ask Oklahomans to respect our criminal justice system and especially the jurors, who heard the evidence from both sides in this case", she said.

Jurors deliberated more than nine hours before they announced the acquittal of Betty Shelby, report the Tulsa World, the New York Times and the Washington Post. The prosecutors said Crutcher didn't make any aggressive moves towards any of the four officers eventually on the scene, and that he was not a threat.

"There's still a family that has dealt with a tragedy here, the Crutchers, and we still extend our deepest sympathies to them", he said. "We need better training for police officers!"


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