Officials discuss racism in cop's shooting of unarmed black man


The manslaughter trial for Oklahoma police officer Betty Shelby in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa began this week, reports ABC News.

In radio chatter moments before Shelby shot Crutcher, Richert said Crutcher looked "like a bad dude" who 'could be on something'.

The defense for officer Betty Shelby, 43, said in their opening statements before the jury of 12, which includes two black women, that prosecutors carelessly rushed to bring charges for the September 2016 death of Terence Crutcher, who was 40.

Prosecutors have said there was no reason for Shelby to fire on a man who was walking away from her with his hands in the air.

A jury has been set in the Manslaughter trial of Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby.

Crutcher, as we all know, did not have a weapon on his body or in his vehicle.

Shelby's emotions in the video, which was taken three days after the September 16 shooting, have been used by both the prosecution and defense in the case.

The jurors are expected to hear opening statements in the trial on Wednesday.

Two Tulsa police officers on the scene on that day testified they saw Crutcher attempt to reach into his vehicle through a driver's side window.

Other witnesses described crime-scene evidence, including a measurement conducted by Sgt. Marcus Harper, who testified that Crutcher's window was raised 10 ½ inches and was open 10 inches in height. An autopsy report from the State Medical Examiner reports that Crutcher had "acute phencyclidine intoxication" at the time of his death.

McMurray challenged Wiens by asking her if it was possible Crutcher could have moved in a way to make that possible given that a Taser was deployed on him just before he was shot, to which Wiens replied, "That's possible". Video shows him walking away from her with his hands on his head... "You're gonna spend the next week or so listening to evidence about those couple of minutes", Assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray announced.

Defense attorney Shannon McMurray called Shelby a model officer who followed her training that day.

"It was obvious there was something that transpired before I arrived", he said, noting that "the situation made me a little uneasy, a little edgy".

If convicted, Shelby could face from four years to life in prison.

Another officer, Dave Montgomery, who is a member of the Critical Incident Response Team testified that he drove Shelby back to the Gilcrease Division headquarters after the shooting and attempted to help her stay collected.

He testified he didn't realize Shelby had shot Crutcher until he saw the blood soaking through the victim's T-shirt.