Officer Betty Shelby Found Not Guilty for Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher
In September last year, Terence Crutcher's vehicle stalled out in the middle of the road. Police were called and told that a man was running away from his car. Officer Shelby showed up on the scene first and stated that Crutcher had his hands in and out of his pockets and reeked of PCP. At that moment he did not comply with the demands asked of him by Shelby..
In trial she goes on to say he then reached inside the car wth his hands and per her training she testifies, "if a suspect reaches their hands inside of a car, don't let them pull them out." Police officers are not trained to see what comes out of the car but only to stop the potential threat.
The video was released and Crutcher is seen with his hands up while Shelby fatally shoots him and other male officer tased him. Unfortunately Crutcher did have PCP in his system but that does not negate from the fact that he was unarmed. This incident comes after multiple unarmed black men have been killed by white men and police officers. At least this time charges were brought up, right? Officer Betty Shelby was acquitted of all charges on May 18, 2017 and immediately left the courtroom after the verdict was read.
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