Friday, September 23, 2016

Tulsa Officer Charged With First-Degree Manslaughter In Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man

Earlier this week, the Tulsa police department released dash cam and helicopter footage from a deadly encounter in which officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher.

Crutcher, the 40-year-old father, was gunned down as he stood next to his broken down vehicle. The incident was caught on police helicopter and dashcam video was seen in news footage with his hands in the air.

Here is the video footage taken from the helicopter...

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Tulsa's police chief has said Crutcher was unarmed and that no weapon was found on him or in his SUV.

An understandably outraged Tulsa community held vigils and peaceful protests throughout the week calling for the arrest of the officer.

Yesterday their calls were answered as District Attorney Stephen Kunzweiler announced during at an afternoon press conference that Officer Shelby would be charged with 1st degree manslaughter...

"In the matter of the death of Terence Crutcher, I determine that the filing of the felony crime of manslaughter in the first degree against the Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby is warranted,"

The DA found that Shelby "reacted unreasonably" and became "emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted."

An warrant has been issued for her arrest.

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