An Oklahoma cop faces manslaughter charges in the shooting of Terence Crutcher.
(TULSA POLICE DEPARTMENT / HANDOUT/EPA)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016, 5:03 PM
The officer who fatally shot an Oklahoma man with his hands up faces manslaughter charges in his killing.
Prosecutors in Tulsa County announced Thursday that Betty Shelby would be charged with a first degree count for shooting unarmed Terence Crutcher in the chest as he stood unarmed next to his car.
Crutcher’s deathand graphic video of his Friday night slaying released by the police led to Black Lives Matter protests in Tulsa and other cities across the country.
Crutcher, 44, was killed on Friday.
Shelby, a five-year Tulsa Police veteran, is white, and Crutcher, a 40-year-old father of four, is black.
The officer told investigators after the shooting that she feared for her life, though a probable cause affidavit seen by the Tulsa World says that she “reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation” and “becoming emotionally involved to the point that she over reacted.”
Betty Shelby faces a minimum of four years in prison if convicted of first degree manslaughter.
No weapons were found on Crutcher or in his SUV, where he was waiting for help after the vehicle broke down.
The minimum sentence for manslaughter first degree in Oklahoma is four years, with a maximum of life in prison.
This is a developing story and will be updated