Tulsa police officer charged in man’s death

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have filed first-degree manslaughter charges against the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man on a city street.

District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the charges Thursday against officer Betty Shelby, who shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16. Dashcam and aerial footage of the shooting and its aftermath showed Crutcher walking away from Shelby with his arms in the air.

The footage does not offer a clear view of when Shelby fired the single shot that killed Crutcher. Her attorney has said Crutcher was not following police commands and that Shelby opened fire when the man began to reach into his SUV window.

Tulsa police say Crutcher did not have a gun on him or in his vehicle.

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4 comments

  • No PC For Me

    But he did have PCP in the car and was high…
    No reason to kill him, but he did NOT follow orders.
    Cop tells you to jump, you jump.

  • Jay

    End the police Union and make all these cop accountable all police should be “required by law to carry liability insurance just like doctors of construction workers do this is the only way to fix the out of control police officers see how many police officers would keep their jobs if their liability insurance went up every time they messed up on the job I bet they would stop screwing up most of these cops wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for the liability insurance with all the incidences they have occurred over the years look I just fixed the problem with out costing the tax payers any money I just saved us millions of dollars in lawsuits that occur every year to police law suits that the state then picks up the bill for that’s owe tax dollars that could be used to fix are roads pay for more school teachers you get the point it’s time for a change

  • Tim

    Pretty obvious what will happen next, criminals are getting more aggressive, and officers are getting more fearful of getting killed, if officers are going to get prosecuted for protecting themselves out of fear of getting killed, (officers are human beings), they will start thinking, screw this I’m not going to take a chance at getting killed or arrested, and will start letting them go. This is exactly what people want, isn’t it? Eventually criminals will become victims of other criminals and cops will say…….
    It’s going to become a very vicious circle.