Tulsa Cop Who Shot and Killed Unarmed Black Motorist Charged With First-Degree Manslaughter
Oklahoma prosecutors filed a first-degree manslaughter charge Thursday against a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in Tulsa.
Officer Betty Shelby was booked at the local county jail early Friday and released on $50,000 bond, authorities said.
She was charged in the shooting death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, whom officials say she shot last Friday after his vehicle stalled in the middle of a road.
The officer's "fear resulted in her unreasonable actions which led to her shooting" Crutcher, a criminal complaint viewed by CNN said.
Dashcam and aerial footage showed the man with his hands up, walking away from officers. There were no clear images of Shelby firing the single round that killed Crutcher.
She claimed Shelby was not following police commands and that she opened fire when he started to reach inside his SUV.
Video shows Crutcher with his hands raised above his head before his death, walking away from Shelby and toward his car when the shot rang out.
No weapon was found in his car.
Shelby joined the Tulsa Police Department in 2011. She was answering an unrelated domestic dispute call when she encountered Shelby’s vehicle in the center lane. She did not activate her dash cam, so there are no images of their encounter before other officers came on the scene.
If convicted, she faces four years to life in prison.
Prosecutors said they had been in contact with Shelby and were making arrangements for her to turn herself in.