Cop in Okla. Shooting Has No Marks on Record

Protesters say white officer should be arrested for shooting unarmed black man
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2016 11:37 AM CDT
Cop in Okla. Shooting Has No Marks on Record
In this image made from a Friday police video, Terence Crutcher, center, is pursued by police officers as he walks to an SUV in Tulsa, Okla.   (Tulsa Police Department via AP)

A 42-year-old white female police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in Oklahoma on Friday has a clean record with the Tulsa Police Department, a police official tells the Tulsa World. Officer Tyler Turnbough was IDed by Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan as the cop who initially used a stun gun on 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who reportedly had been having car trouble on the side of the road Friday evening, NBC News reports. But Jordan says Betty Jo Shelby, a member of the Tulsa force since 2011, pulled the trigger of her real gun after she told a dispatcher that "she's not having cooperation from Crutcher." Shelby is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated, including by the Justice Department and Oklahoma authorities, per CNN.

Public outcry has been fierce—including a local activist group calling for Shelby's immediate arrest, per the World—since the Tulsa PD released the 911 audio, dashcam video, and footage from a chopper, with even Jordan conceding the footage is "very disturbing." In audio from the chopper, an officer is heard describing Crutcher as a "bad dude" as four cops, including Shelby, follow him to his car. A Tulsa PD rep says once Crutcher reached the SUV, the officers thought he was reaching into the driver's-side window. An attorney for Shelby, who started her career with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, says his client told Crutcher—who can be seen in the police footage walking toward his car with his hands in the air—to stop walking and he didn't comply, and that she also feared he may have had a weapon in his pants pockets. (Read more Terence Crutcher stories.)

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