A crowd gathered outside the courtroom after a jury found Tulsa police Officer Betty Shelby not guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, last year. “Bring her out,” the crowd yelled, referring to the officer. “No justice, no peace, no racist police.”
Betty Shelby, the Tulsa police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter by a jury late Wednesday.
The jury deliberated for nine hours before announcing its verdict. Juror #22, who was the foreman, was crying as the verdict was read.
Shortly after the ruling, a small group gathered to protest the verdict.
“You don’t deserve to die because you’re black,” a young white woman yelled outside the court. “We need better training for police officers!”
Behind her, a group of people chanted “hands up don’t shoot” as they walked down the streets.
Shelby, who is white, was charged last September with felony manslaughter in the shooting of Terence Crutcher, 40.
Police said Crutcher failed to obey commands, and Shelby testified she thought Crutcher was reaching for something in his SUV.