Protests expected to continue, parties speak out about Betty Shelby Trial

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A USA police officer who said she shot an unarmed black man "out of fear" while his hands were raised above his head has been cleared of manslaughter.

Shelby testified that she believed Crutcher was reaching into his auto to retrieve something - possibly a weapon."We're not trained to see what comes out of a vehicle", Shelby said.

Shelby fatally shot Crutcher, who had PCP in his system at the time of his death, after she came across his vehicle parked along the side of the highway.

Instead of checking on Crutcher after the shooting, Shelby walked to the back of a patrol vehicle, where another police officer attempted to comfort her, police video footage showed. He alternated between putting his hands in his pockets and putting them in the air, Shelby said.

"When is it going to stop - just officer-related shootings?"

In response to a question about the Crutcher family's confidence in Jordan's leadership, Solomon-Simmons responded only, "We are confident in our civil lawsuit moving forward soon".

About 30 minutes after the verdict, Mayor G.T. Bynum announced he and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan would hold a press conference Thursday morning. Shelby, who is white, has insisted she did so out of fear he was reaching for a weapon inside his vehicle. She said Shelby was the aggressor, not her brother.

Marq Lewis, organizer of the local civil rights group We The People Oklahoma, said the verdict erased numerous inroads that had been made to fix a breach between law enforcement and black residents. I said I would accept whatever the verdict was, and I'm going to do that.

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"We are deeply disappointed that yet another police officer has eluded conviction for killing an unarmed African American", NAACP LDEF President Sherrilyn Ifill said in a statement Wednesday. He is then shot once in the chest by Shelby and falls to the ground.

Shelby looked stone-faced when the verdict was read, but her lawyer said she was "elated" with the jury's decision.

Shortly before he died, Mr. Crutcher stopped his the middle of a North Tulsa street and got out, behaving erratically and prompting 911 calls from other motorists.

Prosecutors argued that Shelby "reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation" when they filed arrest papers.

Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter days later, but yesterday (May 17), a jury found the officer, who is White, not guilty. "But let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder".

Video footage taken from helicopter and cruiser dashcams don't provide clear views of the moment she shot him. Shelby, 43, shot and killed Crutcher, 40, with a single shot. "We're trained to stop a threat, and by all indications, he was a threat".

The Tulsa Police Union was there when the verdict came down.

In video footage from a dashboard camera, Crutcher is seen with his hands up, leaning against his auto.