Even though we have seen the video of how the killing of 40-year-old, unarmed, African American, Terence Crutcher unfolded, white Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby was acquitted by a jury.
During the testimony, officer Shelby defended herself by saying that she shot Crutcher because he didn’t obey her command to lie on the ground and then reached inside his SUV for what she presumed was a gun.
The widely circulated video of the shooting tells a different story. Terence Crutcher – who as we now know was under the influence of drugs at the time – had both hands raised and was never threatening.
Officer Shelby was acquitted because, in the words of her defense attorney, “she just overreacted”.
In response to the acquittal, Rev. Joey Crutcher, Terence’s father said: “Let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder.” Protesters took to the streets and chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot.” in front of the hotel where Shelby was staying. The crowd eventually disbursed, peacefully.
The killing of Terence Crutcher is one of several killings of unarmed African American men by police officers recently which inspired the revival of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich