Tulsa police officer acquitted in death of unarmed African-American man
19 May, 2017, 15:11 | Author: Mae Harvey
The shooting, which was captured on video, went viral and stirred controversy nationally previous year. Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man. Shelby was found not guilty.
Gov. Mary Fallin said that while residents have a right to express their opinions, they should do so in a peaceful manner.
About 100 demonstrators gathered in a plaza outside the courthouse Wednesday evening to protest the verdict. There is a long history of hard race relations in this city; that history (as anyone hailing from Tulsa will admit) is basically as old as the city itself.
She said it's wrong for the DA to accuse officers in the case of corruption when the DA never accused them of it in cases before or after this one.
"Let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder", he told CNN.
Shelby was arrested shortly after officials released videos of the shooting, which showed Crutcher walking on the road with his arms in the air before being shot. Soon thereafter, Crutcher's sister, Tiffany, offered a statement for the family, saying that Tulsa Police tried to cover up her brother's murder, according to the Tulsa World.
Community leaders in Tulsa, Oklahoma say that the acquittal of a white police officer who shot an unarmed black man has "ripped open a long-festering wound". "Like I told the jury, you can be very scared and in control, it's when you're very, very scared and out of control that could be an issue", attorney Shannon McMurray said.
"I don't know what she's going to do", McMurray said.
Jurors began deliberating about noon and the verdict was read about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday.
The family of Terence Crutcher burst into tears and expressed outrage after jurors found Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby not guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the September 16 shooting.
Jurors are deliberating in the manslaughter trial of an Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man a year ago.
The team agreed Shelby was scared but said she didn't shoot out of fear.
Shelby could spend between four years to life in prison if she's convicted.
Shelby is white and Crutcher African American, a dynamic that caused the case to gain national media coverage. They say he wasn't armed or combative when Shelby approached him on a street after his SUV broke down. Tulsa police have said Crutcher was unarmed and there was no weapon in his vehicle. There was no gun in the vehicle.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of a white Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man a year ago.
Shelby testified Monday that she feared for her life and thought Crutcher was reaching inside his stalled SUV for a gun.
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