In a surprising turn of events, an arrest warrant has been issued for the Tulsa cop who shot a black man while his hands were raised in the air.
Tulsa County District Attorney Stephen Kunzweiler announced on Thursday that Officer Betty Shelby will be charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher. The victim was confronted by police after his car broke down in the middle of the road. Dash cam and helicopter video clearly show that Crutcher, a father of four who had committed no crime, had his hands raised in the air when Shelby fired the fatal shot. No weapon was ever recovered.
“Although she is charged, she is presumed innocent until a judge or jury determines otherwise,” Kunzweiler said. “I don’t know why things happen in this world the way they do.”
Kunzweiler added that arrangements for Shelby to turn herself in are being made.
Crutcher is one of many African American men who have lost their lives at the hands of police. In this case, at least the first step has been made towards holding the officer who pulled the trigger accountable for her deadly actions.
Watch the press conference announcing that an arrest warrant had been issued for Shelby, here:
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