United States officer cleared in fatal shooting of unarmed black man

United States officer cleared in fatal shooting of unarmed black man

United States officer cleared in fatal shooting of unarmed black man

Selby's defense attorney Steve Kunzweiler said the police officer shot the victim Terence Crutcher because she thought he was going to his auto in order to get a gun out of it.

Shelby's lawyer, Scott Wood, however, claimed Crutcher refused to answer Shelby's questions about his SUV, walked towards the back of the police vehicle with his hands up, and then put his hands back in his pockets.

The comments came after a jury on Wednesday found Tulsa officer Betty Shelby not guilty of manslaughter.

Crutcher's father, the Rev. Joey Crutcher, told reporters he accepts the verdict but that he believes "Betty Shelby got away with murder".

Betty Shelby, 43, was acquitted after a week-long trial. "She's ready to get back to her life", defence lawyer Shannon McMurray said.

Tiffany Crutcher, Terence's twin sister, called the verdict "a tough pill to swallow", according to KFOR.

The jury included three African Americans and Time reported that "at least four of the 12 jurors were crying" as they exited the courtroom.

When protestors gathered outside heard the verdict they became angry and erupted into the now familiar chant of "No Justice, No Peace" and blocked streets.

Marq Lewis, organizer of the local civil rights group We The People Oklahoma said the verdict was a blow to Tulsa's black community.

The mayor went on to say that all officers will have body cameras.

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But Bynum wasnt specific enough with details of how he would heal Tulsas racial wounds, and words will ring hollow without measurable change, Crutchers family and supporters said.

Police dashboard and helicopter video show Crutcher, who was black, walking away from Shelby and her police cruiser with both arms in the air before he was shot.

Prosecutors said in arrest filings that Shelby "reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation" into a fatal encounter.

Scores of people demonstrated without major incident in Tulsa on Wednesday night after the verdict was announced.

During a seperate news conference the same day, an attorney for the Crutcher family, Melvin Hall said Mr. Crutcher was only having problems with his SUV before he was shot to death.

Her attorneys claimed she feared Crutcher was under the influence of PCP, a hallucinogenic drug.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, who charged Shelby with first-degree manslaughter in the heat of passion on September 22, has argued that Shelby, who is white, unreasonably shot Crutcher, who was black, out of fear. "There's still a family that has dealt with a tragedy here, the Crutchers, and we still extend our deepest sympathies to them".

For example, an autopsy found PCP in Crutcher's system at the time of his shooting, according to the toxicology report released by the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner's Office.

Some of the protesters moved to Denver Street at about 11:30pm where they attempted to stop traffic. Shelby has insisted her actions were driven entirely by the behavior of the man she shot.

She said she felt Crutcher's death was his own fault.

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