Tulsa officer charged with manslaughter in shooting of African-American


A female Tulsa police officer was charged with first-degree manslaughter Thursday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the charge against Officer Betty Shelby after viewing dashcam video and helicopter video of the Sept. 16 shooting, according to a statement from his office.

The statement said Kunzweiler reviewed 911 calls, witness interviews and other information before making the decision to charge Shelby.

The footage shows 40-year-old Terence Crutcher walking away from Shelby with his arms in the air. The video does not show Shelby firing the single shot that killed Crutcher.

Shelby’s attorney has said Crutcher was not following police commands and that Shelby opened fire when the man began to reach into his SUV window.

Tulsa police say Crutcher did not have a gun on him or in his vehicle.

foxnews.com | The Associated Press contributed to this report | Photo: businessinsider.com

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