In unsurprising news, killer cop Betty Shelby will not go to jail for killing unarmed motorist Terrence Crutcher.Oklahoma's News On 6 reports that a jury found Shelby not guilty of first-degree manslaughter.
Jurors deliberated more than nine hours before delivering the verdict.
Shelby told the court on Monday that she fired her weapon that day because "I feared for my life".
Shelby, who is white, was charged last September with felony manslaughter in the shooting of Terence Crutcher, 40.
She said she felt Crutcher's death was his own fault.
At that rally, Crutcher's family called for one concrete change: For city leadership to block Shelby from returning to her job. Shelby, who fatally shot an unarmed black man a year ago, was found not guilty later Wednesday of first-degree manslaughter. 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.
Shelby could spend between four years to life in prison if she's convicted.
The Crutchers' attorney, Benjamin Crump, who also represented Michael Brown's family, cited the names of other unarmed black men fatally shot by police officers as he expressed his disappointment. "Betty Shelby was following him with his hands up". A judge allowed the jury to see aerial footage of the fatal shooting. Police found a vial of PCP in the SUV's door, but no weapons were found. "This was a very hard case with lots of hard issues".
The defense accused Kunzweiler of hurriedly charging Shelby after the shooting and bowing to public and political pressure.
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Ms Shelby's lawyers argued that in the two minutes before cameras began recording the encounter, Ms Shelby repeatedly ordered Mr Crutcher to stop walking away from her and get on the ground. "There was precise evidence that said she was guilty".
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a civil and human rights law organization, said it was "deeply disappointed" by the verdict.
"This is definitely a tough pill to swallow", Tiffany Crutcher, Terence's sister, said after the jury's decision.
"She's going to self-guess herself and get herself killed or somebody else", she said. Terence's hands were up. Betty Shelby was the aggressor.
Despite her attorney's statement that Shelby was "elated", nobody left the courthouse happy, not really. That remark was likely related to evidence that her brother lay bleeding in the street before anyone approached to help.
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"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.
Afterword, Gov. Mary Fallin called for calm as dozens of protesters outside the courthouse chanted: "No justice".