Okla. Officer Charged With Manslaughter in Terence Crutcher's Death Released on Bond

Officer Betty Shelby
Tulsa County (Okla.) Jail

The Tulsa, Okla., police officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher was booked at the local county jail Friday morning before being released shortly afterward on a $50,000 bond, CNN reports.

Officer Betty Shelby was charged with first-degree felony manslaughter and had a warrant issued for her arrest Thursday. The criminal complaint against her states that her "fear resulted in her unreasonable actions which led her to shooting" Crutcher on a Tulsa highway after his SUV broke down.


As CNN notes, Shelby is accused of "unlawfully and unnecessarily" shooting the 40-year-old Crutcher.

"This is a small victory," Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, told reporters regarding the news of the charges brought against Shelby.

Lawyers representing the family said that they are seeking "vigorous prosecution" that results in conviction.

"The chain breaks here. We're going to break the chains of police brutality," Tiffany Crutcher added. "We know the history."


According to CNN, if convicted of manslaughter, Shelby faces four years to life in prison.

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