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Tulsa KKKop, Betty Shelby Executes Unarmed Terence Crutcher.

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From The Frontier.com:

Online fundraiser for Betty Shelby includes donation by officer endorsed by state as witness in the case

At least 11 current or former Tulsa police officers, including the president of the Fraternal Order of Police and an officer endorsed by the state as a witness in Betty Shelby’s criminal case, have donated to an online fundraiser for the beleaguered officer.

Shelby, 42, was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 shooting death of Terence Crutcher. Crutcher, 40, was shot once in the chest following an encounter with Shelby and other officers on a stretch of road near 36th Street North and Lewis Avenue.

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Police have said Crutcher disobeyed Shelby’s orders to keep his hands out of his pocket, though the only video captured from the scene was recorded after that part of the interaction. Available footage, recorded from dashboard cameras and a helicopter that flew above the scene, shows Crutcher slowly walking back to his vehicle with his hands up.

When Crutcher reached the driver’s side door, he lowered his hands and was shot by Shelby and Tased by another officer.

Shelby was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting, but was transferred to unpaid leave after being charged.

Scott Wood, Shelby’s attorney, told The Frontier on Friday that his client had received “an outpouring of support” from law enforcement officers across the nation. The fundraiser for her, held on a website called Fundly, had 56 donors and had raised $3,706 of its $250,000 goal by Friday evening.

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Tulsa police FOP President Patrick Stephens, who created the fundraiser, donated $100 and left a message on the site, saying: “This fund is to assist the Shelby family with their upcoming expenses. Betty is presumed innocent and needs your support. I Stand With Betty.”

Stephens also left a comment on the fundraiser that he claims comes from Shelby’s husband, Dave Shelby. Dave Shelby was in the helicopter that recorded the Crutcher shooting, though police have said he did not make the controversial statement that Crutcher, who had his hands in the air, “looked like a bad dude.”

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“Betty and I are standing strong because of our faith, and the wonderful friends and supporters we are blessed with,” Dave Shelby reportedly said through Stephens on the fundraiser site. “Thank you all.”

Thom Bell, a Tulsa police officer, donated $1,000 to the fundraiser and left a message for Shelby, saying “Hang in there Betty and Dave. None of us ever walks alone.”

Det. Margaret Loveall donated $100, according to the fundraiser. Loveall at times works with TPD’s homicide unit, which investigated the Crutcher shooting prior to Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler. Loveall has appeared on the television show “The First 48,” which profiles the Tulsa Police Department’s Homicide Unit.

Loveall does not appear on the state’s witness list, though. The list, filed Thursday by Kunzweiler,  identifies people who may be called to testify in future hearings and/or a potential trial for Shelby.

However one officer, Dean Montgomery, who donated $35 to the fundraiser, does appear on the witness list.

Kunzweiler told The Frontier in a text message late Friday that the donation “could be a relevant concern depending on how that officer testifies.”

“As a multi-year veteran of local law enforcement, I would expect Officer Shelby to have many fellow officers as friends,” he said “It is important to remember that the law presumes her to be innocent until a judge or jury determines otherwise.

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“In many cases I have prosecuted, friends of an accused have expressed their support and in fact have testified as character witnesses. A contribution to assist a fellow officer who is accused of a crime could be a relevant concern depending upon how that officer testifies in the case. At this point, it would be mere speculation to delve into the hows or whys of any person’s actions or decisions. The prosecution of this case will be based upon the facts as reported to my office and will be litigated in a courtroom – as it should be.”

Stephens said he started the fund this afternoon as a friend of Betty Shelby.

“It’s not an FOP thing,” he said. “People were reaching out to me — even people outside the department — were reaching out for a place to donate to Officer Shelby and the Shelby family in their time of need, so I gave them that vehicle.”

Stephens said there are no policies that prohibit Tulsa police officers from contributing to the fund.

“They are not using duty time, they’re not using city funds,” Stephens said.

The money is being raised to help Shelby pay her legal bills and other expenses, Stephens said.

“She is leave without pay right now, she has no income and she still has children to feed,” he said. “She’s still a person, she’s still presumed innocent right now and (entitled) to due process, so I don’t see why anyone would have a problem supporting someone now.”

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A protestor holds a sign outside the Tulsa County Courthouse on Thursday after Betty Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier

Stephens urged the public not to rush to judgment.

“Everybody needs to wait till all of the facts come out,” he said. “This shouldn’t be something that is tried in the court of public opinion, and that’s not what this Fundly site is about. It’s about supporting one of our own.”

Stephens said he met Shelby 12 years ago when her husband was one of his field training officers when he joined the force.

The fundraiser also includes a $100 donation under the name Amiri King, a conservative social media personality who shared a link to the fundraiser on his Facebook page. King has previously criticized Crutcher and often is critical of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The fundraiser page allows for people to identify themselves as “supporters” without donating any money. Among the supporters is a profile under the name Eric Roberts, the former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who was fired by the department after he was charged in Creek County with two alleged on-duty rapes.

Roberts’ cases have not yet gone to trial.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe fundraiser for the Crutcher family has raised nearly $160,000 in two days.

Thank you The Frontier DYLAN GOFORTH, KEVIN CANFIELD

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From Heavy.com:

Officer Betty Shelby: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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FULL VIDEO OF UNARMED TERENCE CRUTCHER SHOT BY TULSA POLICE

You can watch the dashcam video released by police by clicking here if the player does not load. The video is graphic. The shooting occurs about the 1:40 mark.

The video shows Terence Crutcher walking toward his SUV with his arms held in the air, as Officer Betty Jo Shelby follows behind him with her gun drawn and a second officer approaches with his Taser drawn. He has his back to her and the other officer. Crutcher appears to lean toward the SUV with Shelby at his side and the other officer behind him. A single shot can then be heard and other officers run toward the SUV.

Crutcher then collapses to the ground and Shelby yells into the radio, “Shots fired!”

The Tulsa Police Department released other videos from the shooting. The first video shows the scene of the shooting from a police helicopter. In the video, one of the helicopter pilots says, Crutcher, “looks like a bad dude … might be on something.” The video is very graphic

You can watch other videos here.

A pastor who watched dash camera video says Crutcher had his hands “in the air,” before he was shot, the Tulsa World reports.

Pastor Rodney Goss, of the Morning Star Baptist Church, also said the video does not show Crutcher reaching into his vehicle. He said Crutcher was walking toward it.

“His hands were in the air from all views,” Goss told the Tulsa World. “It was not apparent at any angle from any point that he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer.”

Goss added that he did not see a weapon. In the video, one officer can be seen deploying his Taser and the other officer then fires her gun.

“It wasn’t a matter of minutes, it was a matter of moments,” Goss told the newspaper. “As quick as the officer released the Taser from his hand, Terence was falling to the ground having already been shot.”

Goss said it took several moments before anyone checked on Crutcher.

“After having been shot, a couple minutes it appears, but it seemed like a lifetime, went by before anyone actually checked with him as far as pulse — as far as whatever the case may be,” Goss said.

He also expressed concerns about audio recorded after the shooting, in which a man in a police helicopter is heard saying Crutcher looked like “one bad dude,” the newspaper reports.

Police said they wanted to show the video to the family and community first.

“We wanted them to see it before it was released so they wouldn’t be blindsided by it,” Tulsa Police Sergeant Shane Tuell said. “We wanted to be able to have that intimate time with them, with their attorney, to see if they had any questions or concerns.”

2. Her Attorney Says Shelby Thought Crutcher Was on PCP & Claims He Reached Into the SUV Before He Was Shot

Shelby has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

She gave a statement to homicide detectives on Monday, the New York Times reports.

Her attorney, Scott Wood, told the Times that Shelby thought Crutcher had a weapon. He also said Crutcher “had acted erratically, refused to comply with several orders, tried to put his hand in his pocket and reached inside his car window before he was shot.”

Wood told the Tulsa World the incident began about two minutes before the dashcam video started. Shelby was the first officer on the scene, coming upon Crutcher’s broken down SUV, and called for backup. Her dashcam did not record video, according to police. The video begins when backup arrives.

Wood told the newspaper Crutcher was not with his SUV when she arrived, “so she isn’t really sure what’s going on.”

The attorney told the Tulsa World that Crutcher ignored the officer’s commands several times and didn’t answer her questions and reached for his pockets several times despite Shelby telling him not to.

Wood said that Shelby, based on drug-recognition training, believed Crutcher was acting erratically because he was under the influence of PCP.

Tulsa Police told KOKI-TV that a vial of PCP was found in Crutcher’s SUV after the shooting. Autopsy and toxicology results have not yet been released.

Attorneys for Crutcher’s family have said the PCP is not a justification for the shooting. They also argue that Crutcher could not have been reaching into his SUV, because the window was closed.

Wood said Shelby fired her gun at the same time as the other officer deployed his Taser, because they both perceived a threat.

“He has his hands up and is facing the car and looks at Shelby, and his left hand goes through the car window, and that’s when she fired her shot,” Wood said.

Video footage appears to show that the window was not open.

“Every situation is different. Officers are involved in typically fast-moving situations, and officers who choose to use force, base (those decisions) on the situation involved that they are facing,” police spokesperson Jeanne MacKenzie told the AP.

The U.S Justice Department has also launched a parallel civil rights investigation.

“I want to assure our community, and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation who are going to be looking at this, we will achieve justice, period,” Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said at a press conference, adding that the videos are “very disturbing” and “difficult” to watch.

Protesters gathered at the Tulsa County Courthouse on Monday to call for justice, holding signs with phrases including #BlackLivesMatter and “Didn’t have to kill him,” KTUL-TV reports.

Community leaders who watched the video on Sunday expressed shock and outrage about what they saw, but called for a calm reaction when it is made public. Pleas Thompson, the head of the local NAACP, asked for residents to be “level-headed” after seeing the footage, according to the Tulsa World.

“I think the justice system will work here in Tulsa, because we’ve seen it work before,” Thompson said, making a reference to the case of Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates, who was found guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black man last year. He was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this year.

Morning Star Baptist Church Pastor Rodney Goss said he expects public outrage, and said the focus should be on changing things going forward.

“It’s difficult to tell your people that it’s OK because the police department has it under control, when the police department in the eyes of much of the community are the proprietors of such an event,” Goss told the Tulsa World.

“The only thing you can attempt to do is be the voice of reason and put something in place that will help your people vent, and that is safe and in a practical way that will hopefully help them deal with a situation that is very painful for the African-American community. I’m pushing for not only a march or a meeting, I’m pushing for a seat at the table,where we can affect change in the policies and the culture of the police versus the community,” he said.

3. Her Husband Is Also a Tulsa Cop & Was in the Helicopter at the Time of the Shooting

Shelby was hired by the Tulsa Police Department in 2011 after working for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office from June 2007 to November 2011,according to the police department.

She resigned from her position to join the Tulsa department.

According to the news station, Shelby wrote in her resignation letter she would be “honored and grateful” to work for the sheriff’s office in the future.

A police spokesman told the Tulsa World that Shelby’s husband,Dave Shelby, who is also a Tulsa police officer, was in the helicopter at the time of the shooting “by happenstance.”

It was not her husband that made the comment about Crutcher being a “bad dude.” The other officer in the helicopter hasn’t been identified.

Shelby’s mother-in-law, Lois Shelby, told the Associated Press that Betty Shelby is grieving for the victim’s family and is not prejudiced.

Lois Shelby told the AP her daughter-in-law, “thought she had to protect her own life,” when she fired the fatal shot.

She added that Betty Shelby has always wanted to be a police officer.

Betty Shelby has declined to comment.

4. She Has Been Accused of Excessive Force Twice in Her Career

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Shelby has been accused of using excessive force twice during her career, KOTV reports.

Both of those complaints were determined to be unfounded, the news station reports. Details of those cases were not immediately available.

Her personnel file also shows that she is a field training officer, meaning she works to train rookie officers.

She has also received four letters of commendation and an Oklahoma meritorious service award, according to KOTV.

Shelby was born in Poteau, Oklahoma, and graduated from Mannford High School in 1992, before studying biology at Northeastern State University, according to personnel files obtained by KJRH-TV.

Shelby was briefly a member of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, from May 2000 to October 2000, as a trainee, but left after injuring her knee.

According to KJRH, she checked yes to the question of whether she’d “ever possessed or used illegal drugs,” on her application for the sheriff’s office, and also checked yes when asked if she had ever had a “victim protection order filed against you, or any action pending.”

She wrote in the job application that she had been involved in two domestic violence cases in her personal life.

The first was in 1993, when she and her former boyfriend damaged each other’s cars during a break-up. Temporary restraining orders were filed to keep them separated, but were later dismissed.

She wrote that in 2002 her ex-husband’s wife filed a protective order against her, claiming she was making harassing phone calls to her. Shelby said in the application that the order was denied when it went to court, “the Judge saw that I was not guilty of the accusations made against me.”

You can read the full application here.

She also says she worked as a teacher’s assistant at a Tulsa school from 2001 to 2002.

In 2004, prior to becoming a police officer, Shelby spoke at a “Pro America Rally” at a Tulsa high school, according to a Tulsa World article from the time.

She led the Pledge of Allegiance, and spoke about her husband, fellow Tulsa Police Officer Dave Shelby, who was deployed to Iraq at the time.


5. Crutcher Was a Father of 4 Children Who Was Studying at a Local Community College

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Terence Crutcher was the father of four children, the Washington Post reports. His family says his SUV stalled as he headed home from class at Tulsa Community College, where he had been studying music appreciation.

Crutcher was also involved in his church, including singing in the choir, according to the Tulsa World.

His pastor, Terry Shannon, told the newspaper it was a “blessing and a joy” to be Cructher’s pastor, saying he attended the church “faithfully” with his family for years.

“He sang in the choir,” Terry Shannon said. “He had a beautiful voice.”

His sister and other family members called for murder charges to be filed, and referenced the “bad dude” comment made in the helicopter video, saying Crutcher’s life mattered.

“We are truly devastated, the entire family is devastated,” said Tiffany Crutcher, Terence’s twin sister. “You all want to know who that big bad dude was? That big bad dude was my twin brother. That big bad dude was a father. That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College. … That big bad dude loved God. That big bad dude was at church singing with all his flaws every week. That big bad dude, that’s who he was.”

Tom Cleary is a reporter and editor for Heavy.com. Tom was a breaking news reporter at the Connecticut Post and an editor at the Register Citizen and New Haven Register. He can be reached by email at Tom.Cleary@Heavy.com. Follow him on Twitter @tomwcleary.

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Terence Crutcher: Facts You Need to Know

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A black man who was fatally shot by police in Oklahoma, after his car broke down in the road was unarmed, police say.

Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot September 16 in Tulsa, the Associated Press reports. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The officer who shot Crutcher has been identified as Betty Shelby. The

Videos of the shooting led to outrage nationwide. Three days after the video was released, the district attorney announcedShelby would face first-degree manslaughter charge. You can read more about that here.

Tulsa Police said the shooting occurred near 36th Street and Lewis Avenue about 7:30 p.m., KOTV reports.

Crutcher’s SUV had stalled in the middle of the road, and police arrived to check on the situation, according to the news station.

“As they approached the vehicle a black male started towards them,” Tulsa Police spokesperson Jeanne Mackenzie told KOTV. “They asked him to show his hands. He refused to follow commands given by the officers. They continued to talk to him. He continued not to listen, not follow any commands as they got closer to the vehicle he reached inside the vehicle and at that time there was a Taser deployment and then a short time later there was one shot fired.”

The shooting was captured on a dashboard camera. The video was released to the public Monday afternoon. It was shown to family members and community leaders on Sunday.

The officer who deployed his Taser was named as Tyler Turnbough.

Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Shelby was on the way to another call when she encountered Crutcher and his vehicle. Jordan, who said he is unable to release many details because of open investigation, said Shelby requested backup because she was “not having cooperation” from Crutcher.

Crutcher was initially identified by police as Terrence Crutcher. He is also named in some public records as Terance Crutcher.

Here’s what you need to know:


 Dashcam Video Shows Crutcher With His Hands ‘in the Air’ Before He Was Shot, a Pastor Says

The video shows Crutcher walking toward his SUV with his arms held in the air, as Shelby follows behind him with her gun drawn and a second officer approaches with his Taser drawn. He has his back to her and the other officer. Crutcher appears to lean toward the SUV with Shelby at his side and the other officer behind him. A single shot can then be heard and other officers run toward the SUV.

Crutcher then collapses to the ground and Shelby yells into the radio, “Shots fired!”

The Tulsa Police Department released other videos from the shooting. The first video shows the scene of the shooting from a police helicopter. In the video, one of the helicopter pilots says, Crutcher, “looks like a bad dude … might be on something.”

Protesters Gathered Monday at a Local Courthouse to Call for Justice, Saying Police ‘Didn’t Have to Kill Him’

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Protesters gathered at the Tulsa County Courthouse on Monday to call for justice, holding signs with phrases including #BlackLivesMatter and “Didn’t have to kill him,” KTUL-TV reports.

City officials asked that protests remain peaceful, saying they will seek justice.

“I want to assure our community, and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation who are going to be looking at this, we will achieve justice, period,” Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said at a press conference, adding that the videos are “very disturbing” and “difficult” to watch.

A rally calling for Shelby’s arrest is scheduled for Tuesday night.

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