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Manslaughter Charges Were Just Filed Against the Officer Who Killed Terence Crutcher

Tulsa County’s District Attorney announced today that Officer Betty Shelby, the Tulsa officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher, will be charged with first degree manslaughter.

Manslaughter is defined as a person unintentionally killing someone else “in the heat of passion” in a “cruel or unusual manner” or with a dangerous weapon. It also includes a person using “unnecessary lethal force in an attempt to resist a crime or after the attempt to commit a crime has failed.” Shelby’s lawyer said that she felt in danger at the time of the shooting. A video shows Crutcher with his hands in the air in the moments leading up to the shooting.

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