Jury gets case in Oklahoma officer's trial

Alvin Kelly
May 18, 2017

Throughout closing arguments, Shelby, 43, looked straight ahead and showed no emotion.

Tiffany Crutcher said: "Betty Shelby murdered my brother and after she murdered my brother the Tulsa police department covered up for her".

On cross-examination, Shelby said she did not initially mention in her interrogation interview that Crutcher smelled like PCP chemicals.

However, the footage did not show a clear view of the moment she fired the shot that killed him.

The jury included three African Americans and Time reported that "at least four of the 12 jurors were crying" as they exited the courtroom. About 100 demonstrators gathered in a plaza outside the courthouse on Wednesday evening in peaceful protest at the verdict.

"The next officer, whether he's seasoned or a young police officer, they'll have hesitation in their mindset", said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. "No Racist Police." A smaller group later blocked a major downtown road. "When will the police change policy?" he asked.

Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby arrives at the Tulsa County Courthouse Thursday, May 11, 2017, for her manslaughter trial in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, in Tulsa, Okla. In 2015, a poorly-trained white voluntary deputy, Robert Bates, shot and killed a black man after Bates said he mistakenly reached for his gun rather than a Taser. The shooting led to the departure of the sheriff. "You can follow your training and commit a crime", Assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray said in closing arguments. An affidavit accused her of "becoming emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted".

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If convicted, Shelby could face between four years and life in prison in the death of Crutcher, a father of four girls who was unarmed.

Prosecutors told jurors that Ms Shelby overreacted.

Police video shows Crutcher walking away from Shelby toward his vehicle with hands above his head, and other officers testified last week that they were not aware of anything Crutcher may have said or done to indicate that he was a threat. He said Crutcher continued to ignore Shelby's questions, walked toward the back of the police vehicle and put his hands in his pockets. As for Shelby, her attorney told the Associated Press that she's "elated" with the verdict and "ready to get back to her life". Mr Crutcher was unarmed. Her tenure on the Tulsa police force has included multiple excessive force complaints, although it's not known whether she will return to duty.

"Bring her out", the crowd yelled, referring to Shelby.

"I'm feeling that his intent is to do me harm and I keep thinking, 'Don't do this". At left is Leanna Crutcher, the mother of Terence Crutcher and at right is Crutcher family attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons.

An attorney for Crutcher's family has said that Crutcher's window was rolled up, making it unlikely he was reaching into the vehicle. "We've had to stop".

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