May 18, 2017
Betty Shelby, the Tulsa police officer that shot and killed Terence Crutcher in 2016, has been found not guilty.
According to the Washington Post, moments before Crutcher was killed, one of the officers observing the scene said the unarmed, 40-year-old ” . . . looks like a bad dude . . .” Shelby said she fired out of fear when she killed Crutcher, who had his hands above his head.
This morning on TV One’s NewsOne Now, Roland Martin spoke with Attorney and former Chair of the Democratic National Committee A. Scott Bolden about just how hard it is to prove intent in an officer-involved shooting.
According to CNN, Crutcher’s family is having difficulty accepting the verdict.
“This is definitely a tough pill to swallow,” his sister, Tiffany Crutcher, said. “Terence’s hands were up. Terence was not an imminent threat. Terence did not attack her. Terence didn’t charge at her. Terence was not the aggressor. ”
Unfortunately, this story ends in a way that is all too familiar to us.