TULSA, Okla. – A white Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man stand trial for second-degree manslaughter.
A judge ruled Tuesday that there is enough evidence for a Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby to be tried for the shooting of Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16. Shelby will be arraigned Dec. 15.
Prosecutors say Shelby acted unreasonably because Crutcher was not armed or militant, and the following commands to raise his hands.
Shelby’s lawyers say that she shot Crutcher, because she feared for her life, believing Crutcher was reaching into his vehicle for a gun.
Police helicopter video and a dashboard camera showed Crutcher walk from Shelby on a north Tulsa street with his arms in the air. It does not offer you a clear picture of when Shelby fired the single shot.