Betty Shelby of the Tulsa Police Department. Tulsa Police Department and her victim Terence Crutcher, 40. Photo supplied by family)

Betty Jo Shelby of the Tulsa Police Department. Tulsa Police Department and her victim Terence Crutcher, 40. Photo Tulsa Police Department and  Facebook Terence Crutcher)

In September 2017, Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man, was shot dead by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Jo Shelby on the side of a road during a traffic stop. As police helicopters circled overhead, Shelby claimed that Crutcher was erratic and not responding to her commands. Initially, Shelby claimed that she pulled her handgun instead of her Taser because she felt he might be armed and was exhibiting signs of being on PCP. She also contended through her lawyer she was suffering from “auditory exclusion” and did not hear other officers arrive and one state that he had his Taser ready. Instead, she gunned down Crutcher in what one officer called a “bad [shot].”

She was later charged with manslaughter in the death of Crutcher and her trial ended this week with the jury finding her not guilty. It took a jury of nine white people and three black people a little over nine hours of deliberation to render its verdict. Crutcher’s family was present and broke down in tears as they left the courtroom.

Before announcing the verdict, Judge Doug Drummond said, “This was a very difficult case with lots of difficult issues. I hope everyone can acknowledge that … I’m asking you to trust the system.”

When protestors gathered outside heard the verdict they became angry and erupted into the now familiar chant of “No Justice, No Peace” and blocked streets. Police ordered the crowd to disperse with threats of using tear gas as they moved from the courthouse to a nearby hotel where they believed Shelby was staying during the trial. Eventually, after local pastors addressed the crowd, the protesters left the area, but the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma is now on edge as once again a cop gets away with shooting an unarmed Black man.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  • Jason

    Add this brother and his family to a long line of Black people gunned down by race soldiers. Freddie, Tamir, Sandra, Akai are all victims of White Supremacy. Blacks won’t get justice by asking for it from a system built by White Supremacy.

    • SrAgri

      Are you stupid? None of the examples you cite have anything to do with “white supremacy”.

      Freddie Gray was killed in a clear case of police brutality, but half of the officers involved were black.

      Tamir Rice’s death was a tragedy, but you have no proof it related to his race. It was a black 911 operator who failed to convey to police the detail that the gun Tamir was pointing at people was probably fake.

      Sandra Bland killed herself, and was likely mentally ill. Mental illness is not the fault of “white supremacy”.

      Akai Gurley was hit by a ricocheting bullet that was accidentally discharged. The officer who shot him was Asian. Again, no “white supremacy” involved.

      • Oak510finest

        @sragri:disqus All those cases outcome, including this one. Are absolutely without a doubt, because of white supremacy. Racism and white supremacy 101, is to first deny either exists.

        There is no doubt that Freddie Gray was murdered by police. There were a total of 6 cops charged, three whites and three blacks. Whether it being a black cop or white. The white supremacist judicial system, allows for blacks to be harmed and even killed without any consequences.

        Tamir Rice was murdered by a race soldier posing as a cop, for simply being a black kid. The officer absolutely knew that was a child playing with a toy. No police protocol tells police to engage a suspect with a gun, by driving within feet of that suspect and shooting them within 2 seconds of arriving. The race soldier also lied on the initial police report, because he knew he just killed a kid for no reason.

        Sandra Bland was murdered by a race soldier. Because she refused to allow a cop to racially profile her. She was then murdered for “getting out of line” so to speak. She had absolutely zero history of any mental illness. Nor, did she have a reason to commit suicide. Why would she…over a few minor traffic tickets? All officers involved, also lied on the initial police report and with one recanting his statements. Also, black women have the lowest suicide rate of any group in the U.S…facts!!

        Akai Gurley was murdered and his killer was protected by white supremacist judicial system. The officer who murdered him, did not call for an ambulance as protocol states. But instead his union rep.He did so while Akai lay bleeding and fighting for his lfe. He called the union rep, because he knew he just shot and murdered someone unjustly.

        Terrence Crutcher was murdered by a race soldier. Because he was having car trouble. In addition also being big, scary, and black as mentioned by the helicopter pilot circling the scene. The race soldier who murdered him, was then subsequently protected, due to “white supremacy”. Even though, she murdered a man in cold blood, for absolutely no reason.

        As mentioned in previous post. White pathology,does not allow for whites to think rationally or logically, especially when it comes to black people. Regardless of the facts. Their minds don’t allow for them to view things with an unbiased lens. Your arguments and justifications for the murder of blacks defies both logic and probability. By stating, that they are somehow always at fault for someone killing them. Or whites will simply dismiss the unjustified blatant murder, as either a random event, an accident, or a need for better police training,

      • BobFromDistrict9

        Tamir Rice was killed within two seconds of the arrival of police. There was no detail that the gun was probably fake, there was speculation.

        The police acted exceedingly stupidly, pulling up and jumping right out of the car and shooting.

        Sandra Bland might have hanged herself, but how was it even possible? Why would she have a garbage bag in her cell? Where did she get marijuana in a jail where she didn’t know anyone, had no visitors, and no cash to buy it with?

        The officer who killed Akai Gurley was convicted of manslaughter. How his gun accidentally fired was not explained in the reports I read. He was shot in the back, and the officer did not attempt to help after the shooting, as you would expect in an accidental shooting.

        • SrAgri

          None of the things you have stated have anything to do with the allegation of “white supremacy”.

          Try again.

          • Guest

            BobFromDistrict9 didn’t allege white supremacy; the OP did.

          • SrAgri

            The conversation was about white supremacy and Bobby stepped in to take the OP’s side, so, by association, he is alleging white supremacy.

      • Oak510finest

        @SrAgri All those cases mentioned outcome mentioned, including this one. Are without a doubt, because of white supremacy. Racism and white supremacy 101, is to first deny either exists.

        There is no doubt that Freddie Gray was murdered by the police. There were a total of 6 cops charged, three whites and three blacks. Whether it being a black cop or white. The white supremacist judicial system, allows for blacks to be harmed and even killed without any consequences.

        Tamir Rice was murdered by a race soldier posing as a cop, for simply being a black kid. The officer absolutely knew, that was a child playing with a toy. No police protocol tells police to engage a suspect with a gun, by driving within feet of that suspect and shooting them within 2 seconds of arriving. The race soldier also lied on the initial police report. Because he knew, he just killed a kid for no reason.

        Sandra Bland was murdered by a race soldier. Because she refused to allow a cop to racially profile her. She was then murdered for “getting out of line” so to speak. She had absolutely zero history of any mental illness.

        Nor, did she have a reason to commit suicide. Why would she…over a few minor traffic tickets? Really?
        All officers involved, also lied on the initial police report, with one recanting his statements later. Also, black women have the lowest suicide rate of any group in the U.S…facts!!

        Her murder was covered up and dismissed. While the killer(s) are protected by a white supremacist judicial system. Once again a victim of white supremacist cops, was blamed for her own death. Which is a common ploy used to justify the harming of blacks.

        Akai Gurley was murdered and his killer was protected by the white supremacist judicial system. Instead of first degree murder. The killer cop was charged with manslaughter. Another common ploy used by the white supremacist judicial system. Is to purposely under charge these officers. In essence, sabotaging the case.

        The officer who murdered him, did not call for an ambulance as protocol states. But instead his union rep. He did so, while Akai lay bleeding and fighting for his lfe. He called the union rep, because he knew he just shot and murdered someone unjustly.

        Terrence Crutcher was also murdered by a race soldier posing as a cop. He was murdered for no reason. He was having car trouble and needed assistance. Another reason for his execution was him being big, scary, and black, as mentioned by the helicopter pilot circling the scene.

        The race soldier who murdered him, was then subsequently protected, by “white supremacy”. Even though, she murdered a man in cold blood, for absolutely no reason.

        As mentioned in previous post. White pathology, does not allow for whites to think rationally or logically. Especially when it comes to black people. Regardless of the facts, their minds don’t allow for them to view things with an unbiased lens.

        Your arguments and justifications for the murder of blacks defies both logic and probability. By stating that,they are somehow always at fault for someone killing them.

        Another ploy used is that. Whites will simply dismiss the unjustified blatant murder. As either a random event, an accident, or a need for better police training. When in actuality, it’s simply because of systematic white supremacy!

    • Ms.

      Sandra Bland killed herself. There is no hard evidence to show otherwise. As for black men we see the video evidence every day. Now white women are killing black men too. Will this ever end for the black man?

      • Jason

        No disrespect, but if you believe Sandra Bland killed herself – you need help or are working for the other side. Black people have been “committing suicide” by members of law enforcement affiliated with the KKK since Blacks were loosed fm slavery. By the way, White women have been responsible for the deaths of Black men since the beginning. Ask Mr. Till’s family.

        • SrAgri

          Your “suspicions” do not prove that Sandra Bland was murdered.

          • britishrose

            yes she was murdered and they covered it . there was another man murdered name alfred his balls were cut off and they said the sheriff , in a texas town killed him . he was find one minute he called his wife to say he was broke down at a convenice store , and no one heard from him , they found the body 3 days later in the woods penis cut , and a dime next to his body . the sheriff killed him cause he married a white woman and was having an affair with another white chick the sheriff neice . you cant live in a small texas town with a white woman you iwll die

          • SrAgri

            As interesting as your story about “Alfred” is, it really makes no point.

            Sandra Bland was behaving in a psychotic fashion during her traffic stop and it is no stretch of the imagination that she had some serious mental illness issues that contributed to a suicide.

        • Oak510finest

          Well said.

  • Oak510finest

    What a surprise! As usual, the white supremacist judicial system protecting it’s race soldiers.

  • TheDOTKU

    “time for a taser I think” “kinda feel like that’s about to happen” “I think he may have just been tasered” 🙁 http://heavy.com/news/2016/09/terence-crutcher-betty-shelby-tulsa-oklahoma-police-shooting-video-full-uncensored-youtube-audio-unarmed-hands-arms-up/ SO DISGUSTED BY THIS COUNTRY!!

  • Oak510finest

    @SrAgri All those cases outcome mentioned, including this one. Are absolutely without a doubt, because of white supremacy. Racism and white supremacy 101, is to first deny either exists.

    There is no doubt that Freddie Gray was murdered by police. There were a total of 6 cops charged, three whites and three blacks. Whether it being a black cop or white. The white supremacist judicial system, allows for blacks to be harmed and even killed without any consequences.

    Tamir Rice was murdered by a race soldier posing as a cop, for simply being a black kid. The officer absolutely knew that was a child playing with a toy. No police protocol tells police to engage a suspect with a gun, by driving within feet of that suspect and shooting them within 2 seconds of arriving. The race soldier also lied on the initial police report, because he knew he just killed a kid for no reason.

    Sandra Bland was murdered by a race soldier. Because she refused to allow a cop to racially profile her. She was then murdered for “getting out of line” so to speak. She had absolutely zero history of any mental illness. Nor, did she have a reason to commit suicide. Why would she…over a few minor traffic tickets? Really? All officers involved, also lied on the initial police report, with one recanting his statements later. Also, black women have the lowest suicide rate of any group in the U.S…facts!! Her murder was covered up and dismissed and killers protected by a white supremacist judicial system. Once again a victim of white supremacist cops was blamed for her own death. Which is a common ploy used to justify the harming of blacks.

    Akai Gurley was murdered and his killer was protected by the white supremacist judicial system. Instead of first degree murder, the killer cop was charged with manslaughter. Another common ploy used by the white supremacist judicial system. Is to purposely under charge these officers. In essence, sabotaging the case. The officer who murdered him, did not call for an ambulance as protocol states. But instead his union rep. He did so while Akai lay bleeding and fighting for his lfe. He called the union rep, because he knew he just shot and murdered someone unjustly.

    Terrence Crutcher was also murdered by a race soldier posing as a cop. He was murdered for no reason. He was having car trouble and needed assistance. Another reason for his execution was him being big, scary, and black as mentioned by the helicopter pilot circling the scene. The race soldier who murdered him, was then subsequently protected, due to “white supremacy”. Even though, she murdered a man in cold blood, for absolutely no reason.

    As mentioned in previous post. White pathology, does not allow for whites to think rationally or logically. Especially when it comes to black people. Regardless of the facts, their minds don’t allow for them to view things with an unbiased lens. Your arguments and justifications for the murder of blacks defies both logic and probability. By stating, that they are somehow always at fault for someone killing them. Or whites will simply dismiss the unjustified blatant murder. As either a random event, an accident, or a need for better police training. When in actuality it’s simply because of white supremacy.

  • Oak510finest

    @SrAgri All those cases outcome mentioned, including this one, are absolutely without a doubt, because of white supremacy. Racism and white supremacy 101, is to first deny either exists.

    There is no doubt that Freddie Gray was murdered by police. There were a total of 6 cops charged, three whites and three blacks. Whether it being a black cop or white. The white supremacist judicial system, allows for blacks to be harmed and even killed without any consequences.

    Tamir Rice was murdered by a race soldier posing as a cop, for simply being a black kid. The officer absolutely knew, that was a child playing with a toy. No police protocol tells police to engage a suspect with a gun, by driving within feet of that suspect and shooting them within 2 seconds of arriving. The race soldier also lied on the initial police report. Because he knew, he just killed a kid for no reason.

    Sandra Bland was murdered by a race soldier. Because she refused to allow a cop to racially profile her. She was then murdered for “getting out of line” so to speak. She had absolutely zero history of any mental illness. Nor, did she have a reason to commit suicide. Why would she…over a few minor traffic tickets? Really?

    All officers involved, also lied on the initial police report, with one recanting his statements later. Also, black women have the lowest suicide rate of any group in the U.S…facts!! Her murder was covered up and dismissed and killers protected by a white supremacist judicial system. Once again a victim of white supremacist cops was blamed for her own death. Which is a common ploy used to justify the harming of blacks.

    Akai Gurley was murdered and his killer was protected by the white supremacist judicial system. Instead of first degree murder, the killer cop was charged with manslaughter. Another common ploy used by the white supremacist judicial system. Is to purposely under charge these officers. In essence, sabotaging the case. The officer who murdered him, did not call for an ambulance as protocol states. But instead his union rep. He did so, while Akai lay bleeding and fighting for his lfe. He called the union rep, because he knew he just shot and murdered someone unjustly.

    Terrence Crutcher was also murdered by a race soldier posing as a cop. He was murdered for no reason. He was having car trouble and needed assistance. Another reason for his execution was him being big, scary, and black as mentioned by the helicopter pilot circling the scene. The race soldier who murdered him, was then subsequently protected, due to “white supremacy”. Even though, she murdered a man in cold blood, for absolutely no reason.

    As mentioned in previous post. White pathology, does not allow for whites to think rationally or logically. Especially when it comes to black people. Regardless of the facts, their minds don’t allow for them to view things with an unbiased lens. Your arguments and justifications for the murder of blacks defies both logic and probability. By stating, that they are somehow always at fault for someone killing them.

    Or whites will simply dismiss the unjustified blatant murder. As either a random event, an accident, or a need for better police training. When in actuality it’s simply because of white supremacy.

  • Oak510finest

    @SrAgri Racism and white supremacy 101, is to first deny either exists.

    Freddie Gray was undoubtedly murdered by the police, 6 cops charged, three whites and three blacks. Whether it is a black cop or white. The white supremacist judicial system, allows for blacks to be harmed and even killed without any consequences.

    Tamir Rice was killed for simply being a black kid. No police protocol tells police to engage a suspect with a gun, by driving within feet of that suspect and shooting them within 2 seconds of arriving. The killer cop was subsequently protected, even though he murdered a child in cold blood.

    Sandra Bland was murdered, because she refused to allow a cop to racially profile her. She was then murdered for “getting out of line” so to speak. She had absolutely zero history of any mental illness. Nor, did she have a reason to commit suicide.

    Her murder was covered up and dismissed. While the killer(s) are protected by a white supremacist judicial system.

    Akai Gurley was murdered and his killer was protected by the white supremacist judicial system. Instead of first degree murder. The killer cop was charged with manslaughter. Another common ploy used by the white supremacist judicial system. Is to purposely under charge these officers. In essence, sabotaging the case.

    Terrence Crutcher was murdered for no reason. He was having car trouble and needed assistance.The race soldier who murdered him, was then subsequently protected and aquitted, by a”white supremacist legal system. Even though, she murdered a man in cold blood.

    As mentioned in previous post. White pathology, does not allow for whites to think rationally or logically. Especially, when it comes to black people. Regardless of the facts, their minds don’t allow for them to view things with an unbiased lens.

    But rather as, either a random event, an accident, or a need for better police training or screening. When in actuality, it’s simply because of systematic white supremacy!

  • Ms.

    Now where are all the black men that say white women love them so much? BLACK MEN, where ARE you??

    Yoo hoo! Black men! Are you there? I notice that no black man is covering this major development on social media. Can’t stand these black cowards.

    • britishrose

      open your eyes there are plenty of white women with black men . . alicia keys , ,mariah carey , vin diesel , obama, and many more are products of black men ane white women so whats your point , ?????? white me are also dating black chicks by hte dozens