Black man posed no threat before officer shot him

Posted May 13, 2017

Prosecutors say a white Oklahoma police officer acted unreasonably when she fatally shot an unarmed black man previous year.

A police officer who was inside a police helicopter hovering overhead last September described 40-year-old Terence Crutcher as looking "like a bad dude" who "could be on something".

Much has been said about the backing officer, Tyler Turnbough, who ran to Shelby and pulled his Taser on Crutcher.

The state acknowledged in their opening statement that Terrence Crutcher's vehicle window was indeed down, which goes against what activists and lawyers for the Crutcher family have previously said to the media.

The judge seated a jury of two Black women, seven white women and three white men and two alternates: one Black man and one white woman."It was just a couple of minutes". The number of black jurors is representative of Tulsa's population - the city of over 403,000 residents is 57.9% white and 15.9% black, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. He also said that Shelby was shown police footage from the shooting before being interviewed because he wanted to get as accurate a statement as possible from her.

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Crutcher's SUV had stalled in the middle of a city street.

"So the evidence is shame on her for being upset for taking a life", Defense Attorney Shannon McMurray told the jury on Wednesday. Her trial continues Thursday.

"I thought he was going to kill me." she says, sobbing.

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He said it appeared to him from the chopper video, Crutcher's arm was in the window, but agreed he wasn't there when the shot was sacked.

First, though, Walker testified he showed Shelby the dashcam and helicopter videos of the shooting before the interview.

"This was a rush to file charges", McMurray said.

McMurray also drew reactions from the courtroom after suggesting a screwdriver shown in a picture of the inside of Crutcher's vehicle could have been used as a weapon, to which witness Cpl.

"It was obvious there was something that transpired before I arrived", he said, noting that "the situation made me a little uneasy, a little edgy". An autopsy determined he had PCP in his system at the time of his death.

He testified he didn't realize Shelby had shot Crutcher until he saw the blood soaking through the victim's T-shirt.

Montgomery said that Shelby became visibly emotional as she waited for investigators to take her service weapon and her photograph, asking several times, "Why wouldn't he listen?"

A civil rights investigation into Crutcher's death was also opened by the Justice Department, the AP said.