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White Tulsa police officer acquitted over fatal shooting of unarmed black man

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 01:20

Officer Betty Shelby found not guilty of manslaughter on Wednesday in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher in September 2016. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. An Oklahoma jury on Wednesday (May 18) found a white Tulsa police officer not guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a confrontation caught on video last September, stoking a national debate over racial bias in law enforcement. Betty Shelby, 43, was acquitted after a week-long trial. She denied race was a factor in the killing and insisted her actions were driven entirely by the behavior of the man she shot, Terence Crutcher, 40, after his car was left blocking a road on September 16, 2016. "This is a tough pill to swallow. The facts were there. The elements were there. Terence's hands were in the air. He was not an immediate threat," Crutcher's sister, Tiffany, said after the verdict. Protesters gathered in downtown Tulsa after the verdict was read. They chanted "hands up, don't shoot" and blocked traffic in an intersection during a peaceful demonstration, media reported.

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White Tulsa police officer acquitted over fatal shooting of unarmed black man

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 01:20