Officer Who Fatally Shot Terence Crutcher Charged With Manslaughter
Per a tweet from Katie Higgins, a reporter for FOX 23 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Terence Crutcher last Friday will be charged with manslaughter.
It appears the Associated Press has since confirmed Katie Higgins' report of Officer Shelby being charged.
As it was originally reported, Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot and killed by Shelby after Tulsa, Oklahoma police were called to reports of an abandoned vehicle blocking the road.
According to reports, Betty Shelby claimed Crutcher was uncooperative with the officers who arrived on the scene. Speaking on the shooting of Crutcher by one of his officers, Tulsa Police Department Chief Chuck Jordan reportedly said,
I'm gunna tell you right now there was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect's vehicle. I want to assure our community and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation we will achieve justice.
I would like to see us be a better city than some of the other cities we've seen. I hope some of my performance in the past has shown you we will do the right thing.
Now, if the reports are to be believed, it appears the city of Tulsa is, in fact, doing the right thing by charging a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man.
In the aftermath of her brother's shooting, Tiffany Crutcher demanded charges be brought against Officer Betty Shelby, saying,
You all want to know who that big, bad dude was? That big, bad dude was my twin brother. That big, bad dude was a father. That big, bad dude was a son. That big, bad due was enrolled at Tulsa Community College, just wanting to make us proud. We're demanded today, immediately, that charges are pressed against this officer that was incompitent that took my brother's life.
Obviously, there is still a long way to go in this case, but hopefully, this is the beginning of justice being served, and some good coming from so, so much devastation.