Friday Open Thread | Betty Shelby Charged With First-Degree Manslaughter in Death of Terence Crutcher

betty-shelby-2(CNN) — Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer Betty Shelby has been charged with felony manslaughter in the first degree, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler told reporters Thursday.

Shelby fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher after his SUV stopped in a roadway last week.

“We reviewed the facts of the allegations. It is our responsibility to determine if the filing of a criminal charge is justified under the law,” Kurnzweiler said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Shelby and arrangements have been made for her surrender, he said. It was not clear when she would turn herself in.

The criminal complaint against Shelby said her “fear resulted in her unreasonable actions which led her to shooting” Crutcher. She is accused of “unlawfully and unnecessarily” shooting Crutcher after he did not comply with her “lawful orders.”

Attorneys for Crutcher’s family said they were “happy charges have been brought” against the officer and they will be seeking a “vigorous prosecution” of this case that results in a conviction.

The attorneys also expressed gratitude to the Tulsa Police Department.

“Today, we are thankful to TPD, we are thankful to (police) Chief (Chuck) Jordan for providing information to the District Attorney’s office, and we are happy that charges were brought,” attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons said during a news conference.

“This is a small victory,” Crutcher’s twin sister Tiffany told reporters.

“The chain breaks here. We’re going to break the chains of police brutality,” she added. “We know the history.”

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84 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Betty Shelby Charged With First-Degree Manslaughter in Death of Terence Crutcher

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  3. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

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  8. rikyrah says:

    FYI
    MEDIA ALERT

    Opening of the New African American Smithsonian Museum will be on C-SPAN, tomorrow morning, beginning at 10 am EST.

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    Hmm…wonder what the “C” marks in this tweet’s photo:

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  14. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Sharing some John Coltrane to slow down. He was born on this day in 1926.

    What are some of your favorites of his?

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  15. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    It has to stop! So much sadness. Grieving families. Too many unjustified killings. Enough!

    He was her only child, her baby boy
    She was his second daughter, a father’s pride and joy.
    Somebody’s mother, brother, best friend, sister, lover
    Maybe an A-1 student running, hiding, taking cover.

    The women gather crying tears that fill a million oceans

    ~by Sweet Honey in the Rock

    BLACK LIVES MATTER!

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  16. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    No doubt what so many are feeling today:

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  18. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Apparently, the videos that the Charlotte police department has do not justify the shooting or the videos would have been released by now to quiet down the city.

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  19. Only a feral dog would gun down a disabled person as his wife pleads cops not to shoot him. These are beasts we’re dealing with.

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  21. Ametia says:

    BLACK CITIZENS ARE NOT SAFE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND THE STATE SENDS IN NATIONAL GURAD AND HIRE COPS TO ENSURE THE ARE NOT KEPT SAFE, BUT HARRASSED, PROFILED, AND TERRORIZED.

    WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS. WE MUST NOT

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  22. Ametia says:

    So when BLACK FOLKS ARE GUNNED DOWN AND MURDERED BY COP, GOP GOVERNORS BRING OUT NATIONAL GUARD & ISSUE CURFEWS LIKE THEY ARE TEENAGERS ON A DATE OR SOMETHING.

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  24. Ametia says:

    MR. SCOTT wasn’t supposed to have a gun? Even if he didn’t have one, what if he did?

    WHAT THE FUCK

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  25. Ametia says:

    OH DEAR GOD. THE VIDEO POSTED BY THE SCOTT FAMILY IS

    JUSST HORRIFIC!

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  26. sunshine616 says:

    See what did I say. They were biding their time to see if any other video or audio existed so they could write their narrative around it. The Scotts were smart in holding back this video and letting the cops form the narrative they would have to stick with. Now the SBI has taken over and the chief of police this morning almost made out with his own police department in his press conference this morning heaping all this adoration and praise cuz he knows the lies are about to be full on exposed.

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  27. Ametia says:

    BLACK MEN AREN’T ALLOWED TO CARR GUNS IN A CONCEAL & CARRY STATE, NOW?

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  34. Ametia says:

    Anyone watching ” Queen Sugar” on OWN Wednesday nights? I love this show.

    Ava & Oprah KEEPIN’ IT REAL.

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  36. Ametia says:

    RELEASE THE VIDEO, MOFOS!

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  37. Ametia says:

    Seriously? We are supposed to give a flying fuck about Angelina & Brad?

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  38. Ametia says:

    TGIF VACATION TIME IS HERE!!!!

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  40. rikyrah says:

    Mother list all 4 of her children 😢😢😢

    Here is the GO Fund Me page :

    https://www.gofundme.com/GreenAllenFamily

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  42. sunshine616 says:

    Add to the list of things black people cant do.

    Feed their babies

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    • sunshine616 says:

      Just did more research on this it appears to be a hoax story of some sort but who would do something like that and why?? Sick world we live in

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  43. rikyrah says:

    Ed Temple, longtime track coach at Tennessee State, dies at 89.
    Among the athletes that he coached?
    Wilma Rudolph

    RIP
    http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/2016/09/23/temple-tsu-olympics-track/89104850/

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  44. rikyrah says:

    Charlotte,

    RELEASE THE BODY CAMERA FOOTAGE

    Nobody believes you or trusts you

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  45. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

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  46. sunshine616 says:

    Good morning chicas… Looking around for any news on Justin Carr, the young man whose life was taken at the protests. Nothing yet. There is also some talk about staying home on the 26th as a protest of sorts. They should do a big March right to Hofstra on Monday night and disrupt the debates and try and get our presidential nominees talking about how we are going to get the cops to stop killing people

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