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The Tulsa police officer who shot Terence Crutcher was charged with manslaughter


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Tulsa police are under scrutiny after the killing of Terence Crutcher. (David Schuttler/Flickr)

Officer Betty Shelby, who fatally shot Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter.

While Shelby's attorney claimed Crutcher didn't follow her commands, police videos show him with his hands raised and walking to his car and leaning against it when a shot was fired.

The attorney said Shelby only fired after Crutcher reached through his car window. But Crutcher's attorney showed pictures of the window being completely rolled up during the trial.

The district attorney said a warrant has been issued for Shelby and also remarked that Tulsa remains peaceful even after the shooting, unlike Charlotte, North Carolina, which tensions erupted after another police killing of another unarmed black man there.

The mayor too, released a statement after the charges were filed asking people to show peaceful support for the Crutcher family:

"Whether through peaceful demonstrations, prayer vigils or countless statements of support to the Crutcher family and the entire community, we are in this together as one Tulsa. We continue to pray together, mourn together and we will get through this together."

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The Tulsa police officer who shot Terence Crutcher was charged with manslaughter

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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