Rappers Comment On Manslaughter Charges For Tulsa Officer Responsible For Murder Of Unarmed Black Man
(AllHipHop News) Tulsa officer Betty Shelby will now face charges of first-degree manslaughter after her indictment following her fatal shooting of unarmed black man Terrence Crutcher.
According to The Washington Post, the news comes six days after Shelby murdered Crutcher beside his SUV, seconds after the victim was captured on video walking away from the officer with his hands raised.
“The tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Crutcher are on the hearts and minds of many people in this community,” stated Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, who announced the news at a recent conference.
Kunzweiler continued: “It’s important to note that despite the heightened tensions felt by all, which seemingly beg for an emotional response and reaction, our community has consistently demonstrated the willingness to respect the judicial process.”
Shelby stated that Crutcher attempted to reach into the window of his SUV prompting the shooting, but it was later revealed that the man was not in possession of a firearm.
Footage also shows the officers waiting for more than two and a half minutes before approaching Crutcher's dying body as he laid in the street.
If convicted on the first-degree manslaughter charges, Shelby could face a minimum of four years in prison.
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