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Betty Shelby Turns Herself In For Killing Of Terence Crutcher, Is Bonded Out

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Betty Shelby Turns Herself In For Killing Of Terence Crutcher, Is Bonded Out

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(Reuters) – A white Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer, who fatally shot an unarmed black man whose vehicle had broken down and blocked a street last week, turned herself in to authorities on a manslaughter charge early on Friday, jail records showed.

Betty Shelby, 42, was booked into the Tulsa County Jail just after 1:00 a.m. local time after being charged on Thursday with first-degree manslaughter in the death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.

Shelby was released on $50,000 bond and is scheduled for an initial court appearance on Sept. 30.

Court papers filed by the Tulsa County office accuse Shelby of overreacting and escalating the situation that led to the shooting of Crutcher last Friday. If convicted, she faces at least four years in prison, lawyers said.

The incident, which was captured on police videos, has intensified scrutiny over the use of excessive force and claims of racial bias by U.S. law enforcement officials against minorities.

Charlotte in North Carolina has seen three nights of protests, some of them violent, after the fatal shooting of a black man by police there on Tuesday.

In two videos provided by Tulsa police, Crutcher can be seen with his hands in the air shortly before he was shot.

Tulsa police have said Crutcher was unarmed and there was no weapon in the vehicle. They released the videos, one of which was taken from a police helicopter and the other from a dashboard camera in a patrol car, in a bid for transparency.

Shelby said she was traveling to another call when she came upon Crutcher, whose broken-down SUV was blocking a road. She said he did not respond to her questions and did not respond to her commands to stop as he walked to his vehicle with his hands in the air, it said.

(Additional reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

Photo: Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Officer Betty Shelby, 42, charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, is shown in this Tulsa County Jail booking photo in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., September 23, 2016.  Courtesy Tulsa County Jail/Handout via REUTERS

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21 Comments

  1. Oddworld September 23, 2016

    Hope this bitch gets a lot more than just four years in prison. Apparently she had commented that she’d never been more afraid for her life as she was
    during the altercation (in which she created).

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    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 23, 2016

      more scared when she was calling her EX hubby and threatening him on the phone ?

      1. Oddworld September 23, 2016

        Really? I didn’t know about that. So she’s either crazy or at least on some kind of power trip then. Maybe both!

        1. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 23, 2016

          more is to this then meets the ear and eyes its said there are orders of protection filed either from her ex hubby or can go both ways . there is just more to this . like I stated before her partner cop had a tazza and she had to use her gun . to me I see it as just plain hate . no reason she had to shoot him she or anyone was in any danger

          1. Oddworld September 23, 2016

            Hate or no hate she is a dangerous person and should locked up
            for the rest of her pathetic existence.

    2. Patricia McCullough September 23, 2016

      If you are scared of someone with a broken down car you need a new job.

      1. Oddworld September 23, 2016

        Agreed. She’s a psychopath with a badge and a gun. I saw the video and she was in no danger. The poor guy did nothing wrong but it’s too late for that and she may get off.

    3. jmprint September 24, 2016

      Hopefully the outcome won’t be the same as before, where nobody ever gets convicted.

      1. Oddworld September 25, 2016

        I agree with your sentiment but as you pointed out, history is against this poor man and his family ever receiving any justice.

  2. Anne September 23, 2016

    What she did was cold-blooded murder. All that was required to do was to call a tow truck for that man and go home. That woman is too weird to be left running around lose. Her fellow officers need to be charged too for aiding and abetting.

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  3. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 23, 2016

    If convicted, she faces at least four years in prison, lawyers said.// is this the new racist tren go out and not hunt black people for that would be too hard rather wait for the black person has their hands in the air and you know thy are unarmed just in case thy are not killed when you first shoot them so thy might try to shoot back . a murder and 4 years what’s that she dose 1 year or 2 at the most and ill bet thy would let her be a cop again . what the heck why not she can murder another unarmed black man when she gets back of the force . this is crazy . black people should all have guns and when thy see a cop any cop just shoot at them as if your life depended on it . for more then likely it will . at a time one has to think and live by the kill or be killed

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  4. Jon September 23, 2016

    How did this woman ever pass the psychiatric screening to become a law enforcement officer? The fact that she says this was the most terrifying situation she has ever been in when the video at most shows that the man may not have been following orders but does nothing that is threatening. He did nothing that justified shooting him.

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  5. Godzilla September 24, 2016

    Great example of our poor Justice system. This woman killed a man, posts bond and is walking free. Cliven Bundy didn’t kill anyone, didn’t even point a gun at anyone and is locked away and denied bail. Something just isn’t right about a justice system that seemingly invents crimes to protect their theft but will let a person accused of murder to walk free.

    Beyond that observation, this female cop will likely be found not guilty anyway, should it be tried by a jury. The video only shows what happened, not what was said, which is a very important part of any criminal case. Let’s also not forget, cops are targets these days, and pretending to have a broken vehicle is a great way to prey on those just trying to help.

    This is more typical kneejerk reaction from the Ameriphobe Left. Based on how our judicial system is working pretrial, maybe some of that Old Fashioned “innocent until proven guilty” would be appropriate. I know, hard to ask from the Ameriphobe Left.

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    1. jmprint September 24, 2016

      “innocent until proven guilty” Isn’t that what this poor innocent black victims are experiencing. If you were sitting in your car, and rushed by men with guns, what is your reaction, do you need to die for it? “Guilty, to late to be proven innocent”

      1. Oddworld September 25, 2016

        Just another arsehole taking a swipe at the left. Godzilla must have forgotten that the union (of which these killer cops belong to) have already pledged their support for Chump.

        1. jmprint September 25, 2016

          I read some where that a lot of white nationalist are applying for police work force.

          1. Oddworld September 25, 2016

            I never considered that before but it sounds plausible when you consider it’s a growing trend. I’m sure there are doctors and lawyers as well that support that ideology. We already know there are politicians and businessmen that do so why not cops too!

    2. I Am Helpy September 25, 2016

      Wow. I think I just found the stupidest possible take on this. Congratulations?

  6. stcroixcarp September 24, 2016

    Doesn’t anyone find it a little odd that of all the officers involved in deadly shootings of black men, the only one charged is an emotional woman?

    Reply
    1. jmprint September 24, 2016

      Very.

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