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Title: Tulsa police officer who shot Terence Crutcher acquitted by jury
Source: HotAir
URL Source: http://hotair.com/archives/2017/05/ ... rence-crutcher-acquitted-jury/
Published: May 18, 2017
Author: John Sexton
Post Date: 2017-05-18 20:29:21 by Tooconservative
Keywords: None
Views: 680
Comments: 7

Betty Jo Shelby, the Tulsa police officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher last year was acquitted by a jury Wednesday. The case became national news in part because Officer Shelby is white and Crutcher was black and unarmed at the time of the shooting. From the Associated Press:
The family of Terence Crutcher burst into tears and expressed outrage after jurors found Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby not guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 shooting. About 100 demonstrators later gathered outside the courthouse and some briefly blocked a main street.

“Let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder,” Crutcher’s father, the Rev. Joey Crutcher, said after the verdict was announced.

A lawyer for Shelby said the officer was “elated” that the jury found her not guilty.

“She’s ready to get back to her life,” defense attorney Shannon McMurray said.

This local news report gives you a sense that the verdict may have come down to Shelby’s potentially risky decision to take the stand in her own defense. Shelby testified that she had seen a training video in which a man walks to a car, reaches in and pulls out a gun.

Here’s the NY Times’ description of the incident that led to the shooting:
Shortly before he died, Mr. Crutcher stopped his S.U.V. in the middle of a North Tulsa street and got out, behaving erratically and prompting 911 calls from other motorists. An autopsy later showed that he was high on PCP, and Officer Shelby testified that she could smell the drug.

Officer Shelby said he ignored her commands to stop, walking away from her and toward his vehicle, his arms raised. She said Mr. Crutcher repeatedly reached into his pocket, and, on the video, he can be seen lowering one hand. Another officer shocked him with a Taser at the same moment that the fatal shot was fired.

Officer Shelby said she shot him when he appeared to be reaching into the driver’s window of the S.U.V., fearing that he was getting a gun, though no weapon was found in the vehicle or on Mr. Crutcher. She contended that the window was open, but his family has insisted that it was closed; the video does not make it clear.

After the verdict, Officer Shelby exited the building and ran toward a waiting car. Terence Crutcher’s family spoke to reporters inside the courthouse while protesters gathered outside in what a local reporter described as a “tense” scene:

The jury was composed of eight women and four men. Four of the jurors were black. The AP reports that four of the jurors were in tears as they left the courtroom after the verdict.

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#1. To: Tooconservative (#0)

unarmed at the time of the shooting

is ThaT The same

as handcuffed

love
boris

If you ... don't use exclamation points --- you should't be typeing ! Commas - semicolons - question marks are for girlie boys !

BorisY  posted on  2017-05-18   20:47:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Tooconservative (#0)

Four of the jurors were black. The AP reports that four of the jurors were in tears as they left the courtroom after the verdict.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess these are the same four.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-05-18   21:18:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: misterwhite (#2)

A safe enough bet, I suppose.

I mostly just posted this because I like the "followup" story. We hear so much about the accusations against police in an incident when it is first reported. We hear a lot less when the cops get convicted. And even less than that if they are exonerated in a jury trial.

It's the accusations in these police abuse cases that are the big clickbait for the interwebs. The results months later of their jury trials get far less attention, even at places like FreeThoughtProject.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-05-18   21:32:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Tooconservative (#3)

"I mostly just posted this because I like the "followup" story."

I appreciate that. We know Deckard never will.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-05-19   13:11:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: misterwhite (#4)

I find it interesting that the initial stories about a cop being arrested or accused get huge play in the media and social networking sites.

You may get another blurb if the accused cop is convicted but usually almost nothing if they are exonerated at trial or after an investigation.

J'accuse is the biggest part of any of these clickbaitish stories. Not the circumstances of the incident, the behavior of the alleged victim of police brutality, etc. The big news is the accusation, not the exoneration or conviction at trial.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-05-19   13:34:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Tooconservative (#5)

"The big news is the accusation, not the exoneration or conviction at trial."

Yep. And that accusation hangs out there "like a pretty big matzo ball" until the trial concludes. Maybe a year or so? Then who remember anything about it?

Hands up don't shoot is still a chant, and we all know that unarmed, little boy Trayvon was executed. (Can I say boy?)

As Rush often says, "The nature of the evidence is irrelevant; it's the seriousness of the charge that matters.”

misterwhite  posted on  2017-05-19   17:56:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: misterwhite (#6)

And that accusation hangs out there "like a pretty big matzo ball" until the trial concludes. Maybe a year or so?

Forever. All the endless cop-bites-dog stories with the accusations dominate all the search results in the search engine. They write 10 times as many clickbait stories about the accusation or initial arrest than they do about the outcome of the trial.

Those stories will follow the accused cop the rest of his life, even if he is found innocent.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-05-19   18:52:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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