Jury Acquits White Oklahoma Police Officer in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Black Man
A jury has acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year.
The jury reached its verdict after deliberating for just over nine hours Wednesday.
Tulsa Officer Betty Jo Shelby says she shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher out of fear because she said he didn’t obey commands to lie on the ground and appeared to reach inside his SUV for what she thought was a gun.
Prosecutors told jurors that Shelby overreacted, arguing that Crutcher had his hands in their air and wasn’t combative.
The shooting was among a spate of officer-involved shootings in recent years that helped galvanize the Black Lives Matter movement and prompted calls for more police accountability.