Oklahoma officer testifies at her manslaughter trial

Evrard Martin
Mai 16, 2017

Shelby, who is white, is being tried on a first-degree manslaughter charge in the death of Terence Crutcher, who was unarmed and black.

Last year, 40-year-old Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby after his vehicle was stopped in the middle of a roadway. The footage doesn't offer a clear view of when Shelby shot Crutcher.

Radio chatter that captured moments before the shooting included an officer saying Crutcher looked "like a bad dude" who "could be on something".

Prosecutors have previously said Crutcher's drug use was not reason enough for Shelby to resort to deadly force, local media reports said.

Shelby says she shot Crutcher when she saw him reach into his SUV through a partially open window.

In the videos, Crutcher can be seen with his hands in the air shortly before he was shot.

Shelby's attorneys called her to the stand around 11:30 Monday morning, asking her about her training and career. Tulsa police have said Crutcher was unarmed and there was no weapon in his vehicle, which was blocking a road.

Shelby said it was because he wasn't following orders, his actions made her fear for her life and she's trained to shoot to stop a threat - that she has to "be faster" than someone who might want to harm her.

"I'm told in my training that you don't let them pull their arm back out. they can pull out guns and kill you", Shelby said under questioning by her attorneys, according to the Tulsa World.

On Monday, Shelby took the stand in her own defense. His family says the window was closed.

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