On Sept. 16, Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after his car stalled in the middle of a busy road. Crutcher, a 40-year-old father of four, was returning from a community college class.
Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby said via her lawyer that Crutcher didn’t follow her commands, and moved his hands toward his car before she shot him. Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter by the Tulsa County District Attorney on Thursday afternoon.
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Crutcher’s death, captured on video by police cameras, prompted nationwide outrage and reignited debate over law enforcement officers’ disproportionate use of deadly force against black men. Read more…