Tulsa Police Officer Charged With First-Degree Manslaughter in the Death of Terence Crutcher

Image via AP.
Image via AP.

The AP reports that Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler has filed first-degree manslaughter charges against Betty Shelby, the police officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher on September 16. Crutcher was filmed “walking away from Shelby with his arms in the air” unarmed in the moments before he was killed.


In a piece by ABC News detailing the incident, Shelby’s attorney revealed that she thought it was “strange” that Crutcher put his hands in the air without being instructed to do so.

They write:

[Shelby’s attorney Scott Wood] said that Shelby then said to Crutcher, “Hey, is this your car?”

Crutcher didn’t respond, simply dropping his head while continuing to look at Shelby, “kind of under his brow,” Wood said. Crutcher then began to put his hand into his left pocket, Wood said, adding that Shelby told Crutcher, “Hey, please keep your hands out of your pocket while you’re talking to me. Let’s deal with his car.”

Crutcher did not respond, Wood said, so Shelby ordered him again to get his hand out of his pocket. He then pulled his hand away and put his hands up in the air, even though he was not instructed to do so, which Shelby found strange, Wood said.

BuzzFeed reports authorities are currently working with Wood “to bring her into custody.”

Staff Writer, Jezebel | Man


Alice in The North Pole

Yes. How “strange” that a black man, when confronted by a cop, would put his hands in the air. It couldn’t possibly be that he wanted to preemptively signal that he was unarmed, given that so many other black person-cop interactions turn deadly without provocation.