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Jury acquits Tulsa cop in shooting of unarmed black man

Jury acquits Tulsa cop in shooting of unarmed black man

The verdict led nearly immediately to protests.

Shelby has pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.

He says when Shelby said on the witness stand quote, "you hesitate, you die", that hit close to home.

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

McMurray also questioned the prosecution playing a video of an emotional Shelby providing her statement to police after the shooting, saying all it proves is how much she cares.

She said Crutcher ignored her orders to get on his knees and continued walking to the SUV, even though she had drawn her gun. "It's deceitful and you should disregard it", McMurray told jurors. The jury comprised eight women and four men and included three African-Americans. They chanted: "No Justice, No Peace".

Reports said a group of about 100 people protested outside the court against the verdict.

Kunzweiler argued they did so because the officers immediately knew it was a bad shooting, CBS affiliate KOTV reported. "When will the police change policy?" he asked.

Tulsa has a long history of hard race relations dating back to a 1921 race riot that left about 300 black residents dead.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Latest on the manslaughter trial of a white Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man. The shooting led to the departure of the sheriff. Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray asked. An affidavit accused her of "becoming emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted".

If convicted, Shelby, faces four years to life in prison.




Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said the verdict does not change the fact that more work needs to be done to address racial disparities.

Shelby testified Monday that she feared for her life and thought Crutcher was reaching inside his stalled SUV for a gun.

Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, said her brother's hands were up, that he was not an imminent threat or attack her and didn't deserve to be shot. The case rose to quick notoriety after dashcam video and helicopter footage both showed that Crutcher had been holding his hands in the air and walking away from officers when he was tasered and then shot. He said Crutcher continued to ignore Shelby's questions, walked toward the back of the police auto and put his hands in his pockets.

In the courthouse on Monday, the officer claimed she shot Crutcher because she "feared for her life" and that she "did everything I could to stop this".

Shelby told "60 Minutes" she "could very well be dead" if she had waited to find out if Crutcher had a gun.

Shelby's attorneys called police officers to testify who described past run-ins with an allegedly noncompliant Crutcher. Jeanne MacKenzie, Tulsa police spokeswoman, claimed the officers believed he began to reach into his auto.

Prosecutors asked Shelby on cross-examination why she, too, didn't use a Taser rather than a gun.

"I'm feeling that his intent is to do me harm and I keep thinking, 'Don't do this".

"Terence Crutcher made those choices".

"There's still a family that has dealt with a tragedy here, the Crutchers, and we still extend our deepest sympathies to them", he said.


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