Tulsa Cop Acquitted In Shooting Death Of Unarmed Black Man
May 26, 2017, 11:00
Ms McMurray argued that prosecutors rushed to charge Shelby for political reasons, fearing civil unrest like the angry street protests that erupted in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott four days after Mr Crutcher was killed.
The wire service quotes Defense Attorney Shannon McMurray saying Shelby is "elated" by the ruling, adding, "She's ready to get back to her life". It took the juror nine hours to come up with a verdict.
Crutcher's family called the verdict a disappointment. They said Crutcher overreacted. Terence was not an imminent threat.
Their father, Joseph Crutcher, said the verdict was unjust.
"Let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder", Crutcher's father, the Rev. Joey Crutcher, said after the verdict was announced.
"'Jojo, that lady killed my daddy' And in response to that, I told her God is still in control, and you remember that".
The rest of the family expressed their disappointment in the verdict even going as far as to call the police "corrupt". "What I got out of this case was that a coverup was exposed".
African Americans have not been the instigators of riots but the victims and Tulsa has a long way to go if the people expect the worse of them, the mayor said. And I just thank God that he doesn't judge us as our sins deserve.
Protestors unsurprisingly gathered following the decision's announcement.
Jordan said department officials and others were looking at how Shelby would return to work after being on administrative leave. "I just ask that they do so in a peaceful manner".
We heard from Governor Mary Fallin this morning about the verdict in the Betty Shelby case.
Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher Sept. 16 on a city street where his SUV had stalled. Crutcher can be seen standing and walking with his hands up. Tiffany Crutcher also criticized police for not immediately providing care after he was shot. Shelby claimed Crutcher repeatedly reached into his pocket. She testified that Crutcher put his hands on the SUV and moved to reach into the vehicle. "We've had to stop". No weapon was found on Crutcher or in the vehicle.
Despite Shelby's explanation, the prosecuting attorney, Kevin Gray, told the court that Crutcher was not in any way being aggressive toward police and that he never pulled a gun.
"All the elements of manslaughter was there", she said. At about the same time, another officer fired a stun gun. Crutcher's death increased concerns of how police interact with citizens, particularly Black men. Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray asked.
The shooting was captured in aerial footage by helicopter and by dashboard camera, and showed Crutcher walking away from Shelby toward his SUV with his hands raised above his head.
"There's no winners in this", he said, according to NBC News. She was responding to a report of a broken down vehicle in the middle of the road. "She didn't know about anything in his past when she murdered him".
Jordan said Thursday his department would continue to uphold the public's right to protest.
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