If you can recall throughout the numerous police shooting-down Blacks situations, you might remember the tragic slaying of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher back in September of 2016. Crutcher was who was spotted by a few white Oklahoma cops in a helicopter who thought he looked suspicious, and was ultimately shot by a female white officer Betty Jo Shelby.
On Sept. 16, 2016, Shelby and another officer responded to calls of a broken down SUV, in the middle of the street. Shelby argued that she fired her gun because Crutcher, who was not armed, was not obeying her commands and appeared to reach for a weapon inside the vehicle.
Crutcher was seen actually walking away from Shelby with his hands held above his head, and no weapons were discovered on Crutcher or inside his vehicle.
However, since the death of Crutcher, the female officer Betty Shelby has been reportedly, acquitted. Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher.
After the verdict was announced, Crutcher’s family addressed the jury’s decision by expressing, “Let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder.”
Rev. Joey Crutcher, Terence’s father, also poke out to mention, “Terence was not the aggressor, Betty Shelby was the aggressor. Betty Shelby had the gun. Betty Shelby was following him, with his hands up. Betty Shelby murdered my son.”
Following her acquittal, Shelby’s status with the Tulsa police is will be evaluated even more by the department’s legal and human resources officials.
The Tulsa Police has not addressed the family’s concerns, but the Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan only released a statement saying, “We know we’ve had failings, we understand that, and we’re committed absolutely to making a better relationship where we ensure trust and ensure cooperation in our community.”
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