There just may be some justice for Terence Crutcher. The white Tulsa police officer who fatally shot the unarmed man is now being charged with manslaughter, and a warrant has been issued for her arrest. On Thursday afternoon, officer Betty Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter for the death of Crutcher, 40.
“Although she is charged, she is presumed innocent until a judge or jury determines otherwise,” said Tulsa County District Attorney Stephen Kunzweiler. “I don’t know why things happen in this world the way they do.”
Crutcher, whose car had broken down and was blocking a road, can be seen in two videos provided by Tulsa police on Monday with his hands in clear view before he was shot by Shelby.
A lawyer for Shelby has said she acted because she feared for her life, believing Crutcher was reaching into his vehicle for a weapon during the encounter, which took place last Friday.
Tulsa police have said Crutcher was unarmed and there was no weapon in the vehicle. In a bid for transparency, they released the videos, one of which was taken from a police helicopter and the other from a dashboard camera in a patrol car.
Since news and video surfaced of the incident, dozens of celebrities have spoken out on social media, including Steve Harvey, Karrueche Tran, Trey Songz and Ava DuVernay.
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