Terrence Crutcher

Betty Shelby, the former Tulsa, Oklahoma cop who shot unarmed motorist Terence Crutcher during a traffic encounter, has been acquitted of manslaughter.

“I feared for my life,” she told a Tulsa jury on Monday.

Crutcher, 40, was shot and killed on Sept. 16 after he parked his SUV in the middle of a roadway. Witnesses say he was behaving erratically.

The jury announced its verdict after 8 hours of deliberation just after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The jury never got a chance to hear a comment made by Shelby’s husband, Officer David Shelby, calling Crutcher “a bad dude,” as he hovered in a helicopter over the scene.

Crutcher’s death touched off massive protests by Black Lives Matter and others around the country.

Video footage released by police showed Crutcher walking slowly toward his SUV while officers yelled orders at him to stop.

Shelby fired the shot that killed Crutcher without provocation as he stood outside his truck.

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Crutcher’s family expressed disappointment in the verdict outside the courtroom.

“Terence was not the aggressor; Betty Shelby was the aggressor,” said Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher. “Betty Shelby had the gun. Betty Shelby was following him with his hands up.”

A toxicology report revealed Crutcher was high on 2 hallucinogens, including PCP.

Officers waited until two minutes after Crutcher was shot to render aid.

Jerad Lindsey, chairman of Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, said that the jury’s verdict was the right one, but said the shooting was a tragedy. “There’s no winners in this,” he said. “There’s still a family that has dealt with a tragedy here, the Crutchers, and we still extend our deepest sympathies to them.”

  • Jen_no_juice

    Not surprised at all. It’s open season on black folks. Especially with outspoken racist as leaders

  • APeachLikeMe

    Sighs,…

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    ““I feared for my life,” she told a Tulsa jury ”
    ——-
    She was in fear of her life… from the big black man with his hands up in the air. smh.

  • NegraGata

    “Especially with outspoken racist as leaders”

    Enough said…the whole American government is being ran by a group of the above!!!

  • Renee26

    Funny how the white druggies who come in contact with the police only get shot up with Narcan. Regardless of if he had drugs in his system he didn’t deserve to be shot down in the street when he had his hands in the air and was nowhere close to the officers to cause harm to them….I fear for my life every time I see a police car or police uniform FOH

  • Renee26

    And because they are leading we will surely have an increase on police shootings and still no consequences…they got away with it with a man of color leading the country and that gave them all the fuel they needed to continue these injustices. The whole justice system should have been reformed in the last few years….people protesting in the streets for months on end and no change. THEY don’t care about US so F them IMO

  • Anunnaki

    Black Men “YOUR MOVE” waits to see

  • imright

    how surprising ?

  • Nonya Bizness

    “A toxicology report revealed Crutcher was high on 2 hallucinogens, including PCP.” Yeah, Ok, and I’m going to be the first Female POTUS. Him walking with his hands up was the calmest I’ve ever seen someone on PCP. RIP Sir. You did not deserve this.

    “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

    ? Benjamin Franklin

  • Guess Who

    Ok, so it’s another day in the AmeriKKKan judicial system.

    This ain’t hardly surprising.

  • Coy little wink

    They need stop hiring cowards as police officers….if you are in fear of an unarmed person with hands in the air you can’t possibly protect and serve

  • Ms. Cree

    BULL$HIT she was scared.

  • zawnn

    I’m so mad

  • goat

    Not surprised. Tulsa still being Tulsa in Amerikkka.

  • Miany

    FUGG THEM!!! FUGG there commentary. This is disgraceful.. Tasers no longer work?? They couldn’t take him down without shooting him?? puzzays should not apply to be cops, period! you a puzzay? go work a safe lil desk job but dont yo puzzay azz dare apply for a job as an officer if you KNOW YOU are scared of ALL BLACK PEOPLE! fohwtbs.. im done with krakkkaz today. done.

  • Youshockedme

    Smh…I’m proud to be black…I’m glad the GOD I serve made me a black woman…let every racist piece of shid go straight to hell

  • KcoolMuziq

    Black MEN Lives Don’t Matter….

  • Miany

    krakkkaz will NEVER be outraged about the loss of black lives. They STILL pretend not to understand why we say #blacklivesmatter

  • V Dubb

    Karma is a grey haired, bad built bih!!

  • NegraGata

    Those that kill that easy are part of the KKK mindset…there are bigots and racist all throughout the police force and because they hide it well they continue to get away with it. Hell the commanders/chief’s at police headquarters are probably the grand poobah at the KKK meetings.

  • JV

    The shooter said this on trail:

    ‘ She testified that Crutcher put his hands on the SUV and moved to reach into the vehicle.
    Her police training taught her that “if a suspect reaches their hands inside of a car, don’t let them pull them out,” she testified.
    “We’re not trained to see what comes out of a car,” Shelby said. “We’re trained to stop a threat, and by all indications, he was a threat.” ‘

    The video never showed him reaching into his car, just him walking back towards the SUV with his hands above his head. It’s incomprehensible to me how cops are just given complete impunity.. yeah the way the laws are written on police conduct give them a LOT of room to work with, but as a jury member and a person you have to look at what you’re seeing objectively, and there were even 3 black people on the jury. Nothing but angst reading this.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    I’m so tired of repeating this but it seems as if OUR people don’t get it BLACK PEOPLE ARE CURSED! WE ARE STILL UNDER CAPTIVITY! SLAVERY NEVER ENDED FOR US! I don’t care if you don’t believe in a higher power but we blacks( not all ) are the children of the Most high. Deuteronomy outlines the blessing and the curses that are affecting us today! Things are only going to start getting worse before it gets better. The earth was given into the hands of the wicked. The powers that be know who we are. Why do you think they’re constantly going after our men? Marching, crying and begging isn’t going to help us at all. We’re in our finally captivity and it’s about time for the valley of the dry bones to wake up.

  • the guest

    She’s scared of black men and the fear of black men has to be addressed in law enforcement.

    These white officers are not afraid of legitimate threat or legitimate danger or legitimate criminal situation, they are literally afraid of the existence of black men. Therefore they shoot and kill innocent and unarmed black men due to blanket racist fear. They don’t see black men as human.

    Blanket racist fear of black men has to be conceptualized into law to distinguish from legitimate fearing for one’s life. Shelby did not fear for her life, she simply feared Mr. Crutcher because of his combined gender and color of his skin.

    We won’t even get into the shooting and killing of unarmed black men simply because they don’t like black men. There’s so much advancement of legal analysis and law that needs to be done to address modern racism.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    SMR: Betty Shelby has been acquitted of manslaughter

    …And today is Thursday and water is wet……….

  • cristalle1

    This is disgusting. I just don’t have words for this injustice any more. It is heartbreaking and frightening!

  • stav

    Not surprised!

  • jazzysmith12

    We’re the chosen seed. Satan knows it and will do whatever he can to kill us!! We’re in Egypt again.Don’t go outside without your blessing–that shield of The Most High protection.

  • Elevated Soul

    She’s just another murderer who got off for murdering an unarmed Black person.

    Where is Maxine Waters and the supposed Black Caucus on this? What about the DNC who pretend to care about Black Lives?

    Will Mr.Kutcher be another Black person exploited by White Liberals screaming BLM?

  • jazzysmith12

    Maxine Waters said kiss her black azzz!!!!!

  • the guest

    They need to stop hiring officers with a murderous dislike and fear of black men.

    There needs to be a specific psychological evaluation to determine this mental disorder of ingrained blanket racist fear of black men and failing the evaluation means unqualified to be a police officer.

    We cannot negate the disproportionate black male on black male violence in society and the resulting stereotyping. But an officer of the law must be capable of discernment.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Where are Trump and Head C00n in Charge David Clarke?
    It’s funny that you cape for these people but never hold them responsible for anything.

  • Faux Gibbler

    I don’t thinking the bad dude comment mattered, BUT, I think she did over react. I don’t think it was racism, I just think she is one of them people who shouldn’t not be cops because she is too scared and that’s not good. Yes, cops should be on alert and have their guard up, However, that particular police department has a policy where if a cop sees another officer draw their gun they draw their taser.. I would think the person with the taser should “shoot” if needed.

  • Faux Gibbler

    You under slavery, but, you sit and commenting on the blog.
    STOp!

  • jazzysmith12

    I hope this white racist cave Neanderthal devil burn die of cancer!!!

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    I really hope no one is shocked by this. Smdh my professor was trying to get our input on this and I was so honest with him.

  • Faux Gibbler

    That is a damn shame if that is true, you will get shot for putting your hands in a car.

  • Lisa daniels

    “I feared for my life,” she told a Tulsa jury on Monday…..

    Turn in your badge and gun with your scary ass

  • JV

    You know what kills me? All these cops afraid for their lives. “I shot because I feared for my life!” Are you really that afraid? Try a new career! Go work for the Post Office or something! Consider:

    Top 10 dangerous jobs, per Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

    1. Logging workers: 128.8
    2. Fishers and related fishing workers: 117
    3. Aircraft pilot and flight engineers: 53.4
    4. Roofers: 40.5
    5. Structural iron and steel workers: 37
    6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors: 27.1
    7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers: 23
    8. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers: 22.1
    9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers: 21.3
    10. Construction laborers: 17.4

    I think the whole “police officer jobs are so dangerous” narrative is way overblown — by society at large and by a lot of people. Yes, it’s not all about mortality rate, but still.

  • Coy little wink

    Absolutely agree ?

  • Ro

    Fuckin Figures! Shes white!

  • JV

    I understand when a cop gives you a command and you disobey and reach into a car, you could be grabbing anything, including a weapon. But even if he did reach into his car — and let’s be clear now, he nothing like that — she had a taser. She didn’t have to shoot to kill; the law is so focused on protecting the officer ,but you shouldn’t be drawing your deadliest weapon like in a John Wayne movie.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    You are wicked and don’t get. Bye!

  • Rarechild93

    Did anybody call Pookie and ‘dem???

  • Mrs. ??????????

    White privilege at it finest.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    to hear her stupid face tell it she was scared and her fugly husband told her to stay away from the big black bad scary looking dude ; so she shot him. of course she was found not guilty.

  • Yoni7

    He couldn’t reach into a vehicle that had the windows rolled up. There was BLOOD SPLATTER on the window of the truck.

  • jazzysmith12

    Just be patient black people.Trump is about to bring Amerikkka to it’s rightful end!!!

  • Kilroy

    Sue the hell outta those dirty bastards. I’m so tired of these yt devils getting off.

  • TOO REAL

    HELL IS WAITING

  • datATLboi

    Police go through 6 Months of Training and they are PROFESSIONALS at:
    Psychology
    being a Judge
    being a Jury
    being a Lawyer
    being a Teacher
    Professional Driver
    Social Worker
    Mental Health Experts
    Animal Control
    and Fire Arm Experts …..it sound RIDICULOUS b/c it IS

  • Yoni7

    Is George Zimmerman dead?

  • pynkrose407

    No Surprise…but was hoping for a great verdict, and the fact that she says that she was scared, that lady lied she knew she had to something to win them over
    I hope the family sue and she does not get her badge back cause she will do it again with her husband lurking over head

  • Evillene

    WTF? She ‘feared for her life’ aiming a loaded gun at a man’s back? Racist cow! This is Trump’s AmeriKKKa. The Feds won’t bring charges for civil rights violation.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

  • Ryan

    The Department of Justice is considering bringing charges against her. Her homely pigfaced azz ain’t out of the woods yet.

  • Noirluv45

    Those devils are sanctioned by the government to do whatever they want. Juries tend to feel sorry for cops saying, “They put their lives on the line for us everyday, blah, blah, blah…” The police were formed to be our assassins. Google the origins of the police dating back to slavery. One consolation, that someone else mentioned, is that they might get away with their wickedness on earth, but something else greater awaits their demonic asses.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    YT ppl are scared of the black man’s penis. Why? Because our genetics dominates. Their genetic makeup cannot and will not survive without the their knowledge of our DNA. They HAVE to integrate themselves in our DNA to stay alive. When they kill a black man it’s one less penis that contributes to their extinction.

  • OP2

    …but, they are not afraid because they are already aware of that deal. Therefore, they are living for today instead of something far into a future dimension of reality or spiritual world.

    In the meantime, the victims need to tell themselves this in order to be psychologically and emotionally okay with not having any control over this outrageousness.

  • We Can Do This

    It started as rollers chasing us through the woods now since free labor isn’t involved, they’ll shoot us down in the streets or wherever they feel necessary.

    Same brotherhood sworn to protect whiteness by all means.

  • We Can Do This

    That’s what her lawyer told her to emphasize.

    She could have said i shot that N in cold blood just because. ..and she still would’ve walked!

  • CookieMobster

    I am in no way saying what she did was right… I am just saying, put yourself in her shoes in this same circumstance, what would you do?

  • Noirluv45

    THIS!

  • cant c me 2Pac is the G.O.A.T

    Chosen for what!?! Chosen to suffer and be treated less than ????

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    He was walking away. How wld you feel if you OR someone you loved had their hands in the air, WALKING away & they were shot dead?
    He could have shot him in his knees. She cld have shot him in his legs. She could have shot him in his wrists. She cld have shot him in his hands.
    She CHOSE to shoot him dead.

  • understandingoverignorance

    Boo Hoo what is brand new officer kills Black person and is found not guilty lets go tear up Tulsa…The system is rigged so that juries that are seated will rule in favor of the officer and this happens so often its behooves me that Black people haven’t caught on yet. They simple stack the bench with cop lovers who turn even a blind eye to obvious murder.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Taz his arse

  • AcutallyReally

    And the state sanctioned genocide against African Americans by cops sworn to uphold the law and the constitution continue. Some of these comments on here make me sick and let me know there are “others” posting here. Be careful black people. This could be any one of us at any time.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Yuuuuuuuppp!

  • Wile E. Coli

    yeah. lol.. what was the date of this incident again?

  • Wile E. Coli

    and how many of those people are assassinated sitting in their cars? Or while they’re trying to make an arrest?

  • Wile E. Coli

    Are you trying to get more black men shot?

  • Wile E. Coli

    I never see any of you so upset when 8 people die in Chicago every weekend. Hmmm.

  • Anunnaki

    not at all, but when y’all do get tired of being Gun down like hogs, just know real black woman will be right behind you. just rememebr in any war there will be blood shed.

  • JV

    I don’t know, but I’m also not following where you’re going with this. Does it matter *how* you die? The mortality rate for police officers is significantly lower than the common perception.

  • Wile E. Coli

    But the killing goes on every week, and crickets. Is it the body count or just the specifics about the incident you’re concerned with? Especially after a trial.

    Enmeshed in that body count are little kids, innocent women , old folks and bystanders. Murdered in cold blood by gangsters and killers. Solve THAT and cops will be far less fearful. Cause and effect. Then, there are the old folks that are just beaten to death for no reason. For fuck’s sake. And you wonder why people would stereotype and be fearful.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Yes. it matters. Of those occupations, how many of them are in fear of their life from someone hunting them down or ambushing them? . ZERO.

  • Wile E. Coli

    They have no idea what they would do. Hindsight is 20/20

  • JV

    I can see there being more stressors in policework than other fields, I give you that.

  • Wile E. Coli

    OH god. Let’s run some numbers.

    Unarmed blacks shot by cops every year.
    Blacks shot by other blacks in ONE major city.

    You get to report the actual data. You need the exercise.

  • Wile E. Coli

    is bullshit.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Don’t go all “Mr. Rodgers” on us now..

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Anger is only justified when the shooter is a non-black person. Otherwise, it’s business as usual.

  • Wile E. Coli

    And THAT is why we can ignore BLM and all of the other hand wringing haters, I believe.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Once you stop the mass murder in urban free fire zones, they will start to take you seriously. At the moment, they really have no reason to. As well, if you’re going to try to make heroes of EVERY black that gets shot as if they were all innocent, no one is going to take you seriously. And you can’t blame them. Sometimes, it is a damned good idea to call out the thugs for what they are. All you’re doing now is convincing your children that every cop is bad and every black person is an angel.

  • Wile E. Coli

    A very well thought out , intelligent response. Be proud.

  • dontgetblocked

    Once they found the drugs in his system…it was over. Drugs kill or the cops will.

  • lovelygamour

    Maybe it wasnt racist but she shouldnt have been a cop. And does her husband work for the same department? These states wonder why they cant attract businesses-its cause of things like this. Who wants to set up shop in a police state. With charity cops. she shouldnt had been there and I think she is too old and outta shape. She panicked.

  • Ryan

    Which is what you brought to this conversation.

  • Faux Gibbler

    I know but why do they have to shoot to kill? Why not shoot in the leg?

  • LibraGirlonly

    Just ignorance.

  • LibraGirlonly

    And white kill whites GTFOH !

  • LibraGirlonly

    I agree!

  • Maxima

    Then you don’t bother to read comments by black folks about black on black crime.

  • Maxima

    This old out of shape hag who is probably very qualified to work at no more than a car wash needs to be fired.
    There are some cops into demonic shit and they must kill a black person (esp. male). The police departments protect them and that is where the police lose credibility.

  • Maxima

    Shoot for the legs, unless, she is on the force because she can satisfy the squad like no other woman can.

  • Maxima

    I hope not, but unfortunately,with KKraKKKa Jeff Sessions, that may be shelved.

  • Maxima

    Why don’t you pick up a black history book. When black crime was at its lowest, police brutality was at its highest.

  • Coffee1st

    Their genetic makeup cannot and will not survive without the their knowledge of our DNA.
    __________________________
    Pretty sure that’s how they have survived thus far. They are a parasitic, destructive people…And The Most High knows I say that with no hate or malice in my heart. It’s just the plain truth.

  • Coffee1st

    Yes ma’am… the Dispensation of Grace has an expiration date. Then comes Judgement.

  • Coffee1st

    For once, we can’t put this on that fool. They was gunning us down and getting away with it when Barak was in office, no??

  • Coffee1st

    Thing is, WE need to be prepared too
    “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.Rev.18:4

  • VM

    Not even surprised anymore by these injustice verdicts. Why even go to court? “I feared for my life” the get out of jail free card line that is almost guaranteed to get you acquitted everytime.

  • Ryan

    I don’t wish ill will on people but if the DOJ fails I can see her life going in even more of a downward spiral. I’d bet money that George Zimmerman is stumbling drunk in some hidden dump of a apartment right now, or is passed out in his own throw up. You don’t get to kill innocent people and live “happily ever after.” Just not how life pans out.

  • jazzysmith12

    100, I agree. That’s why I limited my male friends.You get around others dudes ,and you start lying sleeping with every woman you can and lying to all of them just stay in the players game. etc…

  • jazzysmith12

    lol

  • Coffee1st

    Wise man. Very wise man.

  • Miany

    Not really. If you know anything about me you would know I actually respect law enforcement. I worked side by side with law enforcement for years. I studied law enforcement, I know procedure. I studied law, I understand human rights. I do not teach hatred, I do not teach fear. I will ALWAYS teach my children truth and to stand up for themselves. This lady should not be a cop if she is automatically scared of big men (black or white!!) She shot a man who posed no threat to her. That is hatred. What you’re doing is convincing your children that every cop is an angel and the logical consequence to fear is execution of a black person. FOHWTBS!

  • Wile E. Coli

    a black history book. now that’s a crack up. And it isn’t at all relevant to what I just posted.

  • Wile E. Coli

    What comments? Where? BLM press conferences? Leaders speaking out every day? Condemning it? Doesn’t happen. Obama didn’t do it.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Thanks for the info but this isn’t about you, at all. And no, she probably shouldn’t have been a cop. And the victim probably shouldn’t have been so high and so messed up in the middle of the road with a running car, unable to fully comply with officers. You tell me you’re so well connected to law enforcement ant then call this officer’s action ‘hate’. That’s a load of bullshit. And please. Don’t even bother talking about ‘execution of a black person’. That’s bullshit as well, until you guys get off your asses and start condemning and taking massive action against black thugs and inner city killer who kill FAR more people than cops do. Not buyin’ it. At all.

  • jazzysmith12

    thanks.I try to be.Don’t want to be thrown into that lake of fire

  • jazzysmith12

    “Be proud” Are you this serious all the time.I don’t get brownies or paid for posting online.You sound crazy!

  • Wile E. Coli

    ha yeah.. ‘I’ sound crazy, to a lunatic. Somehow, that doesn’t bother me.

  • Wile E. Coli

    He wasn’t told to ‘walk away’ though was he? Cops don’t shoot knees, btw.

  • jazzysmith12

    The nearest bridge is around the corner.Grab the ledges and jump off. bye bye!!

  • Wile E. Coli

    Only lunatics jump off bridges. buh bye! And thank you for the important work you do !

  • Coffee1st

    “Depart from me!!!”
    Scariest words to ever be heard.

  • jazzysmith12

    exactly.Because it’s true.Unclean can’t dwell among The Most High.

  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    Only if you’re white.

  • therealjanedoe

    lol

  • Faux Gibbler

    The other cops had tasers pulled and the dept requires if one has their gun drawn someone else draw taser; common sense would say if shots should be fired for the person with a taser to do it.
    Besides- whatever happened to “shoot to immobilize” and not “shoot to kill”

  • Noirluv45

    For real!

  • Miany

    Your response defies logic. The fact of the matter is she used excessive force. Law enforcement officers are legally permitted to use force that matches the force being exerted, they can’t bring a gun to a fist fight. ANY interpretation that refuses to acknowledge this is a distortion of facts and the law. Bye WILE you can’t teach me what I KNOW! The current climate cannot teach me to accept what I KNOW is wrong and unlawful.. Until the letter of the law is changed NO ONE will get me to agree with these executions. Bye. For the record, the only person obligated to take action is law enforcement but they have the burden of acting lawfully. As a citizen it is my duty to speak out against the sanctioned bull shii.

  • Wile E. Coli

    How about if a JUDGE and JURY teaches you what you ‘know’ ? Which ‘letter of the law’ are you going to change?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Yeah, they shoot to kill………Black people.

  • Wile E. Coli

    More whites are shot by cops than blacks. More blacks are shot by blacks. ho effin hum. fail.