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Tulsa OK Police Found Not Guilty In Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Terence Crutcher




Betty Shelby, the Tulsa police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter by a jury late Wednesday.

A jury deliberated for nine hours before announcing its verdict.
Shelby, who is white, was charged last September with felony manslaughter in the shooting of Terence Crutcher, 40. 
Police said Crutcher failed to obey commands, and Shelby testified she thought Crutcher was reaching for something in his SUV. 
The fatal shooting, captured from several angles on video, was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.
Shelby, who testified in her defense, said she shot Crutcher because he acted bizarrely and she feared for her life.
But prosecutors said in arrest filings that Shelby "reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation" into a fatal encounter. Crutcher was found to be unarmed after the shooting.
The jury began deliberating about noon. At one point Wednesday evening, the jury sent a note asking the judge whether it could explain its verdict in court. He called the jurors in and explained that members could not discuss in the courtroom the way the verdict was reached but could do so publicly after the trial concluded.

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