Jury says cop not 'blameless' in man's death

Justice is something the Crutcher family said they are still waiting for and Shelby being found not guilty won't change that

Justice is something the Crutcher family said they are still waiting for and Shelby being found not guilty won't change that

The Tulsa police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man past year was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter late Wednesday.

He said he felt that Shelby "was a fearful person", and that the jury agreed someone with that mindset should not be on patrol.

The case in Oklahoma sparked criticisms that Shelby, who is white, overreacted when she shot Crutcher, who was black.

It is extremely unclear how the jury came to its decision on Betty Shelby case and how Tulsa police found her safe enough to be back to work.

Officer Shelby was put on administrative leave while the investigation was underway.

Attorneys for Shelby said the two minutes before the dashboard camera began rolling, the officer ordered Crutcher to stop walking away from her and to get on the ground. McMurray said it would be risky for Shelby to patrol the streets again.

She said she was taught during training that if a suspect reaches into a auto, an officer does not let the person pull their arm back because he or she might be holding a gun.

Shelby looked stone-faced when the verdict was read, but Crutcher's family was quickly ushered out of the courtroom sobbing and wailing.

Crutcher's family says Shelby is "unfit" to serve and should be terminated.

Jurors acquitted Shelby on Wednesday of first-degree manslaughter in the death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, said police should never allow Shelby back on the street with a gun.

The foreman and others don't identify themselves in the memo.

Instead, the jury settled with the default - siding with a woman's white tears over the blood of a black man.

Crutcher's family said police attempted to "demonize" Crutcher over the drug possession to deflect attention from the fact officers didn't find a gun inside his SUV.

She fatally shot Terence Crutcher six days prior, saying she feared for her life when Crutcher didn't follow her orders and she thought he was reaching into his stalled SUV for a gun.

It was Jordan's decision to release video of the Crutcher shooting, and in January he canceled the Tulsa police contract with real-time arrest show "Live PD", which critics say shows incidents of racial profiling and caters to viewers' worst fears and biases.

"Those who disagree with the verdict have the right to express their opinions; I just ask that they do so in a peaceful manner", Fallin said in a statement.

Shelby's attorneys said she'll rejoin the force Monday, but in limited capacity.

Though the ruling was not wholly unexpected, after all, police are nearly never held accountable for their actions when it comes to the wanton murder of black men and women, Crutcher's family and many watching the trial had allowed themselves to hope that justice may win.

In the aftermath of the verdict this week demonstrators blocked a main road in downtown Tulsa for a short period of time.

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