Officer Betty Shelby Is found innocent

After nine hours of deliberation, a jury found Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby innocent of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.

The verdict came back on May 17. The case had drawn national attention because Shelby, who is white, shot Crutcher, an unarmed black man.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, who had been criticized by some in law enforcement for filing the charge, said the jury, which had both white and black members, made their verdict based on they way they saw the evidence.

The family of Crutcher said that justice was not served in the case and accused the Tulsa Police Department of a “coverup.”

There was a minor protest on the night the verdict was announced.

Shelby said she ordered Crutcher to stop walking and when he put his hand in his car, she fired in self-defense, according to her police training. A toxicology report later showed Crutcher had the drug PCP in his system. There reportedly was no gun in his vehicle.