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Tulsa Cop Acquitted In Shooting Death Of Unarmed Black Man

19 May 2017

Demonstrators blocked roadways as they walked from the courthouse where Shelby was found not guilty all the way to a hotel they believed she was staying in.

After the verdict, Officer Shelby exited the building and ran toward a waiting auto. Shelby's attorneys have said Crutcher refused Shelby's commands to lie down during a two-minute period before police cameras recorded the shooting.

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

"I just can't believe that we're here again". This is happening all across the nation, all across the state. "We got corrupt.it's corrupt, man".

A white police officer from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was acquitted of manslaughter on Wednesday in the shooting death of an unarmed black man last September.

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Jordan said the status of Shelby's employment with the police department was under review, and that he would share details moving forward. Photos snapped by bystanders depict protesters holding hands in the streets after the court came to its decision.

The trial focused on whether deadly force was warranted. I appreciate the jurors' service to our community and respect their verdict.

Crutcher's family said police attempted to "demonize" Crutcher over the drug possession to deflect attention from the fact officers didn't find a gun inside his SUV. The judge told them that after the trial, they are free to discuss it. Shelby also fired her gun - striking the father of four in the lung, police said. "I'm asking you to trust the system". I appeal to Tulsans and others to remain calm. Crutcher was found to be unarmed after the shooting.

Shelby left without making a statement after the verdict.

Bynum offered a bird's-eye approach, speaking of Tulsa's racial disparity as the "great moral issue of our time in this community".

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"Going forward, the relationship between the police department and the community is torn", Lewis told the AP.

"We have to find ways to express outrage ..."

"They experienced the worst loss that any of us as humans can experience. It's deceitful and you should disregard it", McMurray told jurors.

Each time these kinds of cases go before legal authorities, I do something illogical, something I've tried very hard to stop: I have hope.

Shelby's attorneys say that in the two minutes before cameras began recording the encounter, Shelby repeatedly ordered Crutcher to stop walking away from her and get on the ground. All the elements of manslaughter were there. "Terence's hands were up, Terence was not an imminent threat, Terence did not attack her, Terence did not charge at her, Terence was not the aggressor". The group also seeks the creation of a citizens' advisory commission to evaluate police policies and procedures, identify elements of racial and economic bias and make recommendations to the Tulsa Police Department.

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She said she felt Crutcher's death was his own fault.