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Tulsa police officer, Betty Shelby, knew Terence Crutcher killing was ‘bad shoot’ – Prosecutors

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Prosecutors told court police knew Crutcher killing was ‘bad shoot’ 
Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby is trial for manslaughter
Shelby, 43, shot 40-year-old father of four, Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, opening fire after he refused commands to lie down.
10-year veteran Shelby, said she believed that the motorist, may have been reaching into his car for a gun
Dashcam clearly show Crutcher with hands up as she shot him
Faces 4 years to life in prison, if convicted
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Betty Shelby in court 7.png Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby appears in court for closing
An Oklahoma cop facing a manslaughter trial in last year’s shooting death of Terence Crutcher, knew immediately that she erred in her assessment of thee situation prosecutors in Tulsa Oklahoma said.
The other officers around Tulsa cop Betty Jo Shelby knew it was a “bad shoot” after she shot and killed Terence Crutcher, prosecutors said.
A jury heard closing arguments in Shelby’s manslaughter trial Wednesday morning, and was left to deliberate on a verdict for the killing that sparked nationwide outrage.
In closing,  District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler who all through the trial hed pointed out glaring lattitudes police gave the defendant during invetigations and interviews, accused state police of trying to shield one of their own.
He said an outside investigation was necessary because Shelby’s police interview was a “setup job” to shield Shelby from a criminal case.
The defense countered, calling DA Kunzweiler a ‘hypocrite’ for prosecuting officer shelby.

Betty Shelby8.jpg Betty Shelby appears in court to begin her trial on Thursday

Officer Betty Shelby, 43, is facing two counts of first-degree manslaughter becausee she stopped after seeing Crutcher, a 40-year-old father of four, in the middle of a road on Sept. 16, opening fire after he refused commands to lie down.
The 10-year veteran of Tulsa PD has claimed she believed that the motorist, whose hands were seen up in video of the shooting, may have been reaching into his car for a gun.
 Judge reprimands Tulsa police officer, Betty Shelby, accused of killing Terence Crutcher for going on ’60 Minutes’ to say he caused his own death

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Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by Shelby in September, 2016

On trial  in last year’s shooting death of Terence Crutcher, officer Shelby said in a tearful “60 Minutes” interview, last month that her victim is to blame for his own death.
The 10-year veteran of the Tulsa police department said Crutcher’s apparent drug-induced behavior contributed to the fateful September confrontation.
She said she drove past the 40-year-old Crutcher standing “zombie-like” in the roadway about 10 minutes before the shooting occurred.God complex: Betty Shelby told CBS,the man she shot caused his own death

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Officer Shelby said Crutcher wouldn’t obey commands and ‘made her do it’
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God complex: Betty Shelby told CBS,the man she shot caused his own death
Speaking with Bill Whitaker on 60 minutes Shelby shed light on her thought process at the time:  “And he’s standing there motionless. And I thought, ‘Hmmm. I wonder if he’s on PCP,'”  she said
She has also claimed that he appeared to be high, with a vial of PCP found in his car and the drug found in his system during an autopsy.
However, no gun was found, and prosecutors say Crutcher posed no threat to officers and he did nothing aggressive.
Shelby, who also said that she relied on her training when deciding to shoot rather than use a Taser, said in an interview last month that Crutcher caused his own death.

 Terence Crutcher was shot with his arms raised1.jpgCrutcher was standing hands in the air when the shooting began
Terence Crutcher was shot with his arms raisedTerence Crutcher’s hands were seen up in video as Shelby shot him. Officer Betty Shelby didn’t stop until he stopped moving

However, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said that other officers knew the shooting was wrong immediately afterwards, with a fellow cop telling Shelby “not to say a word.”
The officer faces from four years to life in prison if convicted.

 

 

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