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Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby Charged With Manslaughter In Terence Crutcher Shooting


Officer Betty Shelby

District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the charges Thursday, despite Tulsa police not yet releasing their report on the incident, Fox 23, a Tulsa news station, reported. Since Betty’s dash cam was off, we do not know what happened before her fellow officers arrived, but once her colleagues came Terence can be seen placing his hands on the roof of his auto as someone in the helicopter says “That looks like a bad dude, too”.

Scott’s death has sparked outrage in the city of Charlotte, igniting violent protests, which as already resulted in a shooting injury to a protester. The videos show Crutcher with his arms up at one point, although the actual seconds before the shooting are obscured on the video. Crutcher, an unarmed black man was killed by a white Oklahoma officer Fr.

You can read the criminal complaint charging Shelby here.

Fox 23 reporter Tiffany Alaniz reports that an arrest warrant was issued for Shelby.

The religious leader can be seen walking back towards his vehicle with his hands raised while three officers approach him.

A source tells The Daily Beast that Officer Betty Jo Shelby was ‘always on the skittish side’. In the video, the 40-year-old Crutcher is seen with his hands up, appearing to comply with police officers and leaning against his vehicle.

The affidavit filed on Thursday also indicates that Officer Shelby “cleared the driver’s side front” of Mr Crutcher’s vehicle before she began interacting with him suggesting she may have known there was no gun on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The cop pulled her weapon and trailed him to the SUV, prosecutors say. No video or audio further captures what went on between Shelby and Crutcher prior to other officers showing up – a time frame sure to be scrutinized by investigators examining the officer’s claims that Crutcher displayed concerning behavior not seen on the videos. Officer Turnbough arrives as Mr. Crutcher and Officer Shelby are at the rear of the abandoned vehicle and takes a position to Officer Shelby’s left. Another responding officer had fired his taser at the same moment. The police chief in Tulsa says Crutcher, a black man fatally shot by a white police officer responding to a stalled vehicle, had no weapon on him or in his SUV.

Crutcher fell to the ground. Several of these claims have been disputed by surveillance videos and by Crutcher’s family.

Shelby told investigators that she feared for her safety because Crutcher was not obeying her commands.

Meanwhile, family members and community leaders who have viewed the footage said it clearly shows that Crutcher’s hands were in the air when he was shot. “You could nearly tell it in her voice when she said, “Shots fired” [into her radio]”. An unnamed department official confirmed to Tulsa World that law enforcement officials did find a vial of PCP in Crutcher’s auto; however, an attorney representing the Crutcher family called that a “red herring” that did not constitute “justification to shoot him”.