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Tulsa, OK — Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher in September when he experienced car trouble after leaving night classes at Tulsa Community College. On Monday, Shelby testified in her own defense to attempt to justify the killing of this unarmed man — and shamelessly blamed him — stating she has “no regrets” about what happened.

Shelby, who faces up to life in prison if convicted of first-degree manslaughter, blames Crutcher for his own death.

Incidentally, this is not the first time this killer cop blamed the victim. In a brazenly despicable fashion, Shelby went on 60-minutes in April and explained to host Bill Whitaker that Crutcher — who had no weapon on him or in his car — caused her to fear for her life, and her only option was taking his life.

“His hands were in the air from all views,” pastor Rodney Goss of the Morning Star Baptist Church, who viewed footage from both dash cams and a police helicopter prior to the public release, told the Tulsa World in September. “It was not apparent from any angle at any point he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer.”

The video evidence was so compelling that several days after it was released, a warrant was issued for Shelby’s arrest.

Apparently, at least to this fearful officer, putting your hands in the air is suspicious and grounds for escalation and violence.

On the sixth day of trial, Shelby testified that videos she saw in training indicated that if suspects are allowed to reach into their cars, “they can pull out guns and kill you,” the Tulsa World reported.

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“If you hesitate and delay, then you die,” Shelby reportedly told her attorney, Shannon McMurray, of Tulsa. “It impacted me so much that I saw the video in my head during that situation.”

But Crutcher had his hands up.

“He’s got his hands up for her now,” the pilot, who happened to be Shelby’s husband, says of Crutcher, adding a moment later that the man appears uncooperative and may need to be tased.

Officer Tyler Turnbough, who had arrived as backup, took the less lethal route and deployed his Taser against Crutcher. However, Shelby fired before the electric jolt could even knock him to the ground. Also, video from one patrol car’s dash cam and one that is seen from a police helicopter circling above clearly shows Crutcher not acting aggressively as the cops surround and then murder him.

During the trial, Shelby said she was trained to not “let them pull their arm back out” and that deadly force can be warranted. She said she fired “because I feared for my life.”

“I did everything I could to stop this,” Shelby said Monday. “Crutcher’s death is his fault.”

 

The mindset that it takes to believe this unarmed man is responsible for his own death is truly frightening. When Crutcher was killed, he posed no threat, was not violent, and was merely stopped on the roadside. Acting oddly is hardly a reason to deploy deadly force — much less attempt to justify it.

Shelby’s defense attorneys have accused prosecutors of bringing the charges against her because she is white and Crutcher is black. The defense will call its final witness this week and the jury will ultimately decide Shelby’s fate. All week long, the defense has focused on Crutcher’s past, noting two previous arrests, one from 22 years ago, in which Crutcher was charged with public intoxication and obstruction for being non-compliant.

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In April, Whitaker asked Tiffany Crutcher, Terrance’s sister, how she felt about Shelby’s tactics of blaming her brother for his own death.

Whitaker asked, “Officer Shelby says that your brother’s actions caused his own death.  What do you say to that?”

Tiffany Crutcher’s response was heartbreaking. “My brother’s dead because she didn’t pause.  And because she didn’t pause, my family, we’ve had to pause. We’ve had to stop. We’ve had to lay down every single night with tears in our eyes. There was absolutely no justification whatsoever, with all the backup, for Officer Shelby to pull that trigger. No justification whatsoever.”

 

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • The Cat’s Vagina

    I hope this Remorseless Ice Queen act backfires SPECTACULARLY on her. She probably (quite mistakenly) thinks that expressing regret is tantamount to a murder confession, so she’s trying a pretty risky gamble on this “defense.” I wonder what the demographic makeup of that jury is. Must be a LOT of white faces on it for her to feel so confident with such a tactic.

    • Amor Terra

      I’m afraid I had the misfortune of living in Oklahoma for five years. Given the Bible-thumping, yet compassionless asshole demeanor of the vast majority of people I had the displeasure of meeting there, it will not surprise me in the least if this pig of a woman (apologies to both pigs and women everywhere) gets off. Joke-la-homa is still mostly in the dark ages–and proud of it!

      • Gordon Klock

        They DO seem to have that kind of bad reputation, across the entire midwest, (even more so, than Kansas, or Utah, or wherever)….

        • Guy

          I think you misquoted yourself. Don’t you mean *The Entire Mid-East* !

    • tom browne

      the jury is owned. no chance of a backfire.

      • James

        They probably offered the jury some snap benefit raise to vote not guilty! lol

  • Robert Ramrattan

    I can’t say I’m surprised. This IS Oklahoma, where it’s ALWAYS 1827.
    “He’s Black! I’m skeered. I’d better shoot him!”
    Funny how many people say that a person’s past shouldn’t be held against them… until a White cop shoots a Black person.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      It’s pretty telling that the defense has spent so much of their time attacking his character – it’s all they’ve got! They’re hoping that the jury will think “he was a bad person anyway, so it’s OK that this trigger-happy cunt murdered him without a moment’s regret.”

    • Domina Elle

      There are plenty of black cops and black jail cops who are assholes in Tulsa. Ive dealt with them.

  • Amor Terra

    No regrets over killing an unarmed man with his hands in the air. THAT is the hallmark of a psychopath. This soulless cow needs to be removed from society.

  • tvsgael2

    Past records should not be admissible in court. They broke the law in permitting it. You have to wonder what kind of psycho cop we have here anyway. There were two movies with that name. She should have had a starring role in any future sequels.

  • Guy

    Eh ! Just one more dead piece of black trash lying along the side of the road, no big deal ! He got shot and killed for his own stupid fault, and should have known better ! More like him coming along any minute now, just wait a few seconds. Because lordy knows they breeds like rats at the dumps ! Sucking off the tax dollars for their welfare checks. Just shooting junk and smoking dope ! Lazy good for nothing bastards ! They should be at home, eating watermelon, cornbread and fried chicken, rather than being bothering cops ! Hands up ? Bull Shit ! Everyone know’s you can’t trust no N****R with a record, no matter how old it is. Especially with that look in their eye’s facing a pretty female white cop !

    Or. Perhaps that is what the defence wants the jury to believe is true ! I’am thinking probably that, the pretty white cop is hoping they do to !

    Me Personally ? I would be as happy as a clam to be the first in line, to kick the stool she is standing on, out from underneath, while the rope is around her neck ! Rather than letting her ever think she got away with it. So it set’s the example of what would happen to the others, who think they can act with the impunity of legal immunity, knowing they have the law on their sides ! While our only defence is to hire lawyers, and sue their asses into oblivion, while we bury our dead !

    • Anonymous

      We would rather she not be standing on a stool. Let her think about it as she SLOWLY strangles.

  • Gordon Klock

    The fact that a momentarily perceived, vague potential threat, was considered reason enough, for a cop to shoot someone, is pretty scary right there, much less when he has his hands up in the air….
    A couple of decades ago, most people never would have ever believed it would come to this, (many of those same people are probably now the ones that try to help put everyone’s brains through complex authoritarian, obstacle courses, in an attempt, to condone all this frightening nonsense,,,,

    • Amor Terra

      And it is those people who have this man’s, and thousands of other innocent people’s blood on their hands.

  • tom browne

    She wanted to get in the exclusive kill jolly club. the only way in is to kill somebody. and if they are black its alot easier to skate.

  • palvadore

    She’s pleased to have gotten away with murder.

    • James

      After this she will get a promotion with comodations I am sure.

  • Ibcamn

    cops are pretty much worthless now dayz…….they like to rape and murder,that’s about it……

  • Domina Elle

    Tulsa 1983- age 16 I witnessed a black man on a motorcycle get rammed by a cop car as he sped down the street in front of the Cains ballroom causing him to crash. Amazingly he got up and fled behind the Cains where the train tracks are. At least half a dozen officers caught up to him and began to beat him to an inch of his life. I had followed them and started yelling at them saying I had witnessed what they had done, pointing out the man wasn’t fighting back wasn’t armed and protesting the beating at the top of my lungs. A cop standing feet away turned around and pointed his gun in my face telling me to fuck off. I realized I could be next. I saw they drove him to the jail slumped over in the front seat of a cop car. I later found out the man had merely been speeding and refused to stop when the first cop tried to pull him over. He was also riding without a license. Apparently that justified a near death sentence.

    Many years later in 2000 I was pulled over by a sheriff at 3am in Tulsa, doing five miles over the speed limit the only car on the road. The sheriff seemed angry right away but for what I couldn’t tell. I think he profiled me as a prostitute and likely a drug addict as I was dressed sexy. I had lost my current ID from another state where I had been living. Unbeknownst to me, many years earlier a ‘friend’ had gotten hold of my Oklahoma ID which I hadn’t reported lost or stolen and she used it when she got pulled over for speeding. She didn’t pay the ticket causing my license to be suspended. “YOU ARE GOING TO JAIL!” the sheriff exclaimed with excitement when he pulled up my info based on my social. He didn’t give a rats ass when I explained I had been living in another state when the ticket was issued and had never blown off paying a ticket and I also had a current license from the state I had been living (which matched my tag). My car was impounded (I wasn’t able to recover it) and I was taken to jail. When I got to the jail I wasn’t happy but I was respectful and calm. As my property was being processed a black female supervisor pulled a car charger cord from my purse and very sarcastically asked “what the hell is this?!” To which I replied “where have you been? That’s a phone charger cord” to which she didn’t miss a beat and replied “CAVITY SEARCH!” That bitch ordered for me to be sexually violated because I dared question her knowledge of technology. Two other black female cops were given the task of performing the cavity search. The Tulsa police dept and especially the jail employs a good number of black officers. They don’t seem to mind working for the system.

    On another occasion Tulsa police drew with a black eye liner (they had retrieved from my purse) all over my face. They didn’t like a comment I had made to them. I had been arrested for having a small amount of marijuana. As I sat handcuffed with other people (obvious junkies and vagrants) in front of a long table where officers sat LAUGHING and joking at everyone’s predicament I told them what I thought. “Look at you. You think it’s funny? Is this your contribution to the world? You’re entertained by other people’s tragedies and negative circumstances? I know where you’d be if you weren’t here laughing. You’d be flipping burgers at Burger King” which they didn’t like. They drew a big black smiley face on my face and took me to jail. When I got to jail they made sure I was put naked in the med hold for three days under suicide watch as additional punishment for my comment. I wasn’t suicidal and they knew it. When I got out a couple of weeks later, my clothes had been stolen and I was given some trashy dirty clothes. I had been wearing an expensive leather jacket and boots. Fucking thieves. Fucking hypocrites. But yeah, it was worth it to tell those assholes what I thought. But I’m lucky it wasn’t worse.

    I have friends in Tulsa who got it a lot worse, including a friend who was just walking downtown with a mohawk. Two cops jumped him and left him for dead in an alley.

    Tulsa cops and the jail guards, be they black or white- are tyrants.

  • Ran-rex

    If I didnt hate this lady enough already. she has only served like 4 hours in jail too. 10 to 1 she gets off

  • Eric Bolt

    IT IS MURDER, go to their Homes & show them personally to their Families, how ignorant Murder by Thug is

    Have their Wives Kids Hold their hands Up Shoot each one knowing terrorist breed terrorist -! Then Shoot the Murder who knows Judges like it-!

  • sami

    Completely inexcusable, especially if she sent him back to the car to get his license and registration!

  • Jas

    I guarantee she’ll go free. I GUARANTEE IT.
    Wait and see..

  • Cheryl

    She is a murderer, no doubt in my mind. She felt threatened by a man with his hands in the air and four or five other cops all pointing their guns at him…SHE felt threatened? WTF?

  • Mother Earth

    This unarmed man knew he would die as soon as he was pulled over and the cops just needed someone to kill to make their day, what a brutal regime America has.

  • Ed

    I don’t care if she shit her pants, that is, not justification to kill someone! I’m sure this was her 1st time in a situation like this. Sure she was scared! She was not trained properly or didn’t pass the training and was put out there with a gun anyway! A correctly trained officer most likely would have heard backup a few feet behind them and let the taser take him down! I might add she was from a COP family, needed a score for her records!