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Tulsa ‘Not Guilty’ Verdict

Tulsa ‘Not Guilty’ Verdict

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

The Culprit

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After nine hours of deliberations, a jury acquitted Tulsa police Officer Betty Shelby in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man.

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

The Victim

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An unarmed black man walks on a Tulsa, Oklahoma, road with his hands in the air. Police officers follow closely behind him as he approaches his vehicle. He stands beside the car, then falls to the ground after one officer pulls the trigger.

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

The Incident

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On September 16, 2016, Crutcher’s SUV was found stalled in the middle of the street. A witness called 911 and said a man was running away from the vehicle, warning it was going to blow up. Shelby testified she arrived on the scene and approached the vehicle and cleared it, not seeing anyone inside.

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

Camera Footage

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Footage from multiple police cameras show Crutcher walking toward his SUV in the middle of the road, hands raised, followed closely by Shelby and three other officers. They approach Crutcher, who continued to walk back to his car, where he appeared to move his hands toward the vehicle.

 

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

Crutcher Family

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Police and the Crutcher family, which through attorneys has cautiously praised police for quickly releasing videos and audio of  the shooting, have differed on key parts of Crutcher’s last moments: whether he disobeyed police or not, and whether he was reaching into his car.

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

Lawyer Benjamin Crump

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“He is not threatening to anyone,” lawyer Benjamin Crump said. “How can he be reaching into the car if the window is up and there is blood on the glass?”

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

Protesters Calling For Justice

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About 200 people gathered for a peaceful protest in front of Tulsa’s Civic Center Plaza on Tuesday night, holding signs reading: “Justice 4 Crutch” and calling for Shelby to be arrested.

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

Adrian Colbert Raises His Voice

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On Tuesday, the Oklahoma City chapter of Black Lives Matter and organizers of the Women’s March called on the U.S. Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against Shelby.

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

Letter From The Jury

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“The jury concluded that any officer put in that situation at that exact moment and regardless of the skin color, gender or size of the suspect, would have performed the same way, which is in accordance with their law enforcement training,” the jury foreman, whose name does not appear in the letter, wrote.

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

Devastated Family

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Tulsa’s black community hoped against hope that the footage of Mr. Crutcher’s last moments, showing him with his hands in the air, would be enough.

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

Initially Voted Not Guilty

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During the jury deliberation, the jurors began voting “not guilty” as they grew increasingly hungry and tired after being in the room for about six hours, the juror told the Frontier.

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

The Funeral

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Shelby said she fired her weapon out of fear because she said Crutcher didn’t obey her commands to lie on the ground and appeared to reach inside his SUV for what she thought was a gun. Crutcher was unarmed.

 

 

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