Oklahoma Cop is acquitted of killing Terrence Crutcher

Last week Betty Shelby was acquitted on charges of felony manslaughter for the killing of Unarmed Civillian Terrence Crutcher. On Sept. 16, 2016, Crutcher’s car broke down in the middle of a two-lane road in Oklahoma. After receiving multiple reports, Shelby was called to the scene where she encountered Crutcher.  According to a CNN Report, Shelby claimed Crutcher was sweating heavily and smelled of PCP when she encountered him. Shelby made multiple request for Crutcher to get on the ground and when he appeared to reach in his car, Shelby reacted and shot Crutcher, claiming she thought he was reaching in his car for a gun. A gun was not recovered from Crutcher’s person or car but, PCP was later found in Crutcher’s car and he did test positive for PCP according to an autopsy report from the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to Fox News, “in a post-trial court filing on Friday, jurors said Shelby could have used a less-lethal method to subdue Crutcher and could have saved his life. The jury foreman also noted in a memo that jurors weren’t comfortable with the idea Shelby was “blameless” in Crutcher’s death.” (Fox News)

On Monday, Shelby returned to work. Although, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Shelby would not return to work in a patrol capacity.

Other News Sources coverage of the story:

The Roots

CNN

Fox News

NPR

New York Daily News

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