His ‘Death is His Fault’: Cop Testifies Unarmed Man with Hands Up Forced Her to Kill Him

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Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher in September when he experienced car trouble after leaving night classes at Tulsa Community College. On Monday, Shelby testified in her own defense to attempt to justify the killing of this unarmed man — and shamelessly blamed him — stating she has “no regrets” about what happened.

Shelby, who faces up to life in prison if convicted of first-degree manslaughter, blames Crutcher for his own death.

Incidentally, this is not the first time this killer cop blamed the victim. In a brazenly despicable fashion, Shelby went on 60-minutes in April and explained to host Bill Whitaker that Crutcher — who had no weapon on him or in his car — caused her to fear for her life, and her only option was taking his life.

“His hands were in the air from all views,” pastor Rodney Goss of the Morning Star Baptist Church, who viewed footage from both dash cams and a police helicopter prior to the public release, told the Tulsa World in September. “It was not apparent from any angle at any point he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer.”

The video evidence was so compelling that several days after it was released, a warrant was issued for Shelby’s arrest.

Apparently, at least to this fearful officer, putting your hands in the air is suspicious and grounds for escalation and violence.

On the sixth day of trial, Shelby testified that videos she saw in training indicated that if suspects are allowed to reach into their cars, “they can pull out guns and kill you,” the Tulsa World reported.

“If you hesitate and delay, then you die,” Shelby reportedly told her attorney, Shannon McMurray, of Tulsa. “It impacted me so much that I saw the video in my head during that situation.”

But Crutcher had his hands up.

“He’s got his hands up for her now,” the pilot, who happened to be Shelby’s husband, says of Crutcher, adding a moment later that the man appears uncooperative and may need to be tased.

Officer Tyler Turnbough, who had arrived as backup, took the less lethal route and deployed his Taser against Crutcher. However, Shelby fired before the electric jolt could even knock him to the ground. Also, video from one patrol car’s dash cam and one that is seen from a police helicopter circling above clearly shows Crutcher not acting aggressively as the cops surround and then murder him.

During the trial, Shelby said she was trained to not “let them pull their arm back out” and that deadly force can be warranted. She said she fired “because I feared for my life.”

“I did everything I could to stop this,” Shelby said Monday. “Crutcher’s death is his fault.”

The mindset that it takes to believe this unarmed man is responsible for his own death is truly frightening. When Crutcher was killed, he posed no threat, was not violent, and was merely stopped on the roadside. Acting oddly is hardly a reason to deploy deadly force — much less attempt to justify it.

Shelby’s defense attorneys have accused prosecutors of bringing the charges against her because she is white and Crutcher is black. The defense will call its final witness this week and the jury will ultimately decide Shelby’s fate. All week long, the defense has focused on Crutcher’s past, noting two previous arrests, one from 22 years ago, in which Crutcher was charged with public intoxication and obstruction for being non-compliant.

In April, Whitaker asked Tiffany Crutcher, Terrance’s sister, how she felt about Shelby’s tactics of blaming her brother for his own death.

Whitaker asked, “Officer Shelby says that your brother’s actions caused his own death.  What do you say to that?”

Tiffany Crutcher’s response was heartbreaking. “My brother’s dead because she didn’t pause. And because she didn’t pause, my family, we’ve had to pause. We’ve had to stop. We’ve had to lay down every single night with tears in our eyes. There was absolutely no justification whatsoever, with all the backup, for Officer Shelby to pull that trigger. No justification whatsoever.”

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  • Chancho_Bandito
  • Howard Beale

    Execute the pig.

  • Jolly Roger

    If this is how they’re trained to do their jobs (according to Shelby’s testimony), every single cop in this country needs to be fired immediately.

    They’re afraid of everything that moves, and they shoot anything that scares them. Why the hell are we tolerating this gang of misfits running around and shooting innocent people all over the country?

    (this is most certainly NOT an isolated incident; something similar happens several times each week somewhere in this country)

  • Mike

    Put the cop in the electric chair on live TV and fry that bacon.

    • August

      I’d watch that cunt fry.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      I’d pay to watch the live stream.

    • Chancho_Bandito

      Dont, then your just as cruel as government, just put a bullet in their head.

      • Mike

        watching her dance would start teaching cops a lesson.

        • Chancho_Bandito

          Police morale is already down….without being cruel because individuals have been executing cops in broad daylight.

          • g.johnon

            so chancho, chicken or egg?

          • Chancho_Bandito

            I’m going with the Chicken.

  • August

    Cold-blooded murder by a seriously mentally ill psychotic cunt.

  • Judah Earl

    The police are acting no different then a Serbian death squad.

  • juskom95

    I mean no one would ever keep a weapon in the car, near the drivers’ seat or anything . . .

    • Jas

      What was his crime again? Breaking down? Have you ever broke down and had cops show up and immediatly point guns at you? Also, why are they pointing weapons at a stranded motorist? What crime has he commited again for this response including a helicopter? The commentator said, “He looks like a bad guy” Why?….because he’s black?

      • elmysterio

        That’s the real point isn’t it…. how did it turn from a guy having car trouble… to him being a “suspect”… to him being murdered. Mind boggling.

        • Jas

          Yep, it’s all about the labeling, he becomes a suspect or pepetrator, and the cops are labeled the victims,”They have to live the rest of their lives knowing they killed someone” boo hoo, everyone cry for the fat cow in uniform.

      • RMS1911

        because he’s black….. yup!

      • archer

        Cops will run a plate even for a breakdown, his priors would show up, but in this case he seemed to be law abiding with his prior for intoxication over two decades ago. This shouldn’t have happened.

    • Joe Blow

      You keep it where you can reach it. Still not an excuse. The low IQ makes them unable to access the situation as to a person’s intent.

    • g.johnon

      your point?

  • Ferenc Szalasi

    I would put the bitch in the men’s prison

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      I’d put her in the ground.

  • Disqus-helpsGOVTbreaklaws&kill

    taxpayer funded unaccountable corrupt public employee labor unions..
    … public employee unions protected by taxpayer funded corrupt courts and judges .

  • Joe Blow

    He wouldn’t comply, I was in fear of my life, the cell phone in his hand looked like a .44 Magnum, etc. When you hire low IQ cops so they will follow orders this is what happens. Unable to think critically they shoot first, ask questions later.

    My uncle was a Chicago cop for 20+ years, never shot his gun and rarely pulled it out. Said it was talk first, then billy club/cuffs, lastly pull your gun. But that was when we were more civilized. 🙁

    • Jas

      and when men were cops instead of beta males and butch women.

  • Uncle Sham

    She will use the Kyle Dinkheller defense, and win.

  • ChrisSonic

    Trained in Israel of course.

  • varlog

    Shouldn’t be a cop If your scared of your own shadow,

  • Phil_Ossifer

    The standard is supposed to be, “What would a reasonable man (or woman) do in the same situation?” Well, if this sow gets away with it we now have a whole new concept of what is “reasonable” conduct by an officer. “I was afraid for my life” implies that there was a readily identifiable, imminent threat. In this case the “threat” seemed to be, “He was big, bad-lookin’ nigger and I was jus’ a lil’ ol’ white girl.” The new standard seems to be that your mere existence is justification for the use of deadly force.

    • Joe Blow

      It used to be that crap was just in the South, then the big cities, now people aren’t safe anywhere. That is yet another reason they want our guns, cuz we can fight back against the oppression.

    • g.johnon

      by that same logic, her actions also lower the expectations of a reasonable person. so, if a cop makes you fear for your life….

  • dogmatix

    Unfortunately, cops are now being trained to shoot first and ask questions later, as a matter of official policy. “If you hesitate and delay, then you die”. What’s worse, the courts are accepting this defense, because officer safety is “paramount” that is, more important than anything else, including the lives of the those in the community that they serve.

    Cops who kill should be dismissed from the force without exception and permanently banned from doing police work in the future. We don’t need a police force composed of serial killers. Those who trained this killer cop should be on trial as well, as accessories and accomplices in her crime.

    Finally, this killer cop needs to be convicted for her crime. “I did everything I could to stop this,” Shelby said Monday. “Crutcher’s death is his fault.” Baloney.

    Crutcher did everything he could to keep from being killed. What more could he do? What more could anyone could have done to keep from being killed by this officer?

    “I feared for my life.” is nonsense. Cops have guns, clubs, tazers, bullet proof vests and all the backup firepower anyone could want, and they are afraid of one guy in a broken down car? They feared for their lives? Who are they trying to fool? It is the ordinary citizen, alarmed and alone, who fears for his/her life in every encounter with the police. If you are lucky, you only get a ticket. If you are not, you can be beaten, sexually molested, and/or murdered by those whose duty is to “protect and serve”.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      “Cops who kill should be dismissed from the force without exception and permanently banned from doing police work in the future.” By “kill” I’m sure you mean unjustified killing. Sometimes the use of deadly force by an officer is necessary as a last resort, and that’s what it should be – a last resort. After all other realistic approaches have failed and the officer or an innocent third party is in mortal danger, then the use of deadly force is justified and the law is pretty clear on this. Where it gets tricky is proving that the officer or a third party was actually in mortal danger and this gets us back to the “reasonable man” standard.

      • dogmatix

        No, I mean every death caused by an officer, justified or not, should result in automatic termination, without exception. This includes accidental deaths (like a texting cop running over a bicyclist with his cruiser) and any death of a suspect while in custody. I don’t want a police force degenerating into a gang of serial killers roaming the streets with a license to kill.

        If a cop knows that he will lose his job if he kills, he’ll think first, rather than shoot first. He won’t text and drive. The unfit will quickly shape up or ship out.

        Just remember, what happened here could happen to anyone, young or old, male or female, black or white. The police will even turn on and kill their own. Only by firing the killers and the negligent can the public be protected.

        • Phil_Ossifer

          This is like saying if a homeowner shoots and kills an intruder, even though he is 100% justified in doing so, he should lose his house and all possessions. Even the Bible makes a distinction between murder and justified killing. A cop who commits murder and a cop who kills in justifiable self-defense or defense of others are two different things and are dealt with differently by the judicial system. You seem to be saying that every time a cop fires his weapon in the line of duty he should lose his job, a ridiculous assertion.

          • g.johnon

            not what he was saying and not even what he seemed to be saying. he seemed to be saying that negligence should also be grounds for removal of an officer from duty.

          • dogmatix

            Big difference between a homeowner killing an intruder and a cop killing in “self defense”. Home owners don’t shoot everyone who knocks on their door because they feel threatened.

            Self defense for a cop, as in this case, means shoot first, ask questions later, every time they “feel threatened” or “feel their life is in danger”, something that is part of the job, and part of every police encounter with anyone and everyone. Remember what the cop said “If you hesitate and delay, then you die,”

            The last thing society needs is a bunch of paranoid, trigger happy cops shooting innocent citizens and then justifying their actions as self defense. If it truly is self defense, it’s worth losing your job over. If you can’t do your job as a cop without pulling your gun every time you find a motorist with a broken down car, you should find another line of work.

  • Joe Blow

    10-4

  • Right to the Point

    The question should not be “Why did she fire,” it should be “Why are there 5 others who felt safe enough not to fire?” Answer that and she gets life with out parole…

  • Tatiana Covington

    Shelby’s hands are mounted on the ends of Shelby’s arms. All of these did just as she told them to do. I myself have been blamed by others for the results of what they did all by themselves. In one case, at a range of 2000 miles five days before I learned what had occurred.

    So I just sent him a postcard: “Stop on red, stupid.” 14c: all he was worth (1986).

  • RMS1911

    I said it before I’ll say it again what most likely happened was a taser went off and she panicked fired. if they’re​ this scared they need another job https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b0327429d00b4952f8d827574232d6bee8270c31f8ef6d8e9fae7d202978df65.jpg

    • PopDeGator

      I think you’re right. The military calls it “contagious fire” and it’s a problem for them in combat situations. So imagine what kind of a problem it is in a civilian setting.

      • RMS1911

        especially if you let your imagination get the better of you. most people don’t realize that tasers make a popping sound when deploying the leads.
        she had three guys right there and still panicked.

  • Elaine.Benes, II

    Oh, the irony of yet another “shooting” video where the camera is so conveniently filming anything but the actual “shooting” that supposedly has occurred, this time from a helicopter which seems to be aimlessly circling the location of the “shooting” instead of hovering over the “perp” and the 4 obviously outrageously horrified police officers who all had their weapons drawn and aimed at the 1 unarmed, hands in the air at first “perp”, a man who supposedly was just trying to fix his vehicle in the middle of the roadway…blah blah blah…racism…blah blah blah…fascist police…blah blah blah…overly scared of black men white female cops…blah blah blah…trigger happy cops…blah blah blah…gun control…blah blah blah…unarmed people being mowed down by cops…blah blah blah…white on black on white crime…blah blah blah…gotta keep feeding the machine. Whatthefuckever. Fear mongering and division for the masses…entertainment for the BadAsses.

    • g.johnon

      u go girl!! 😉

      • Elaine.Benes, II

        Where in hell have you been G? I have missed you and (don’t be mad but) prayed you were OK…! Are you?

        • g.johnon

          spring means i get busy in the “real” world. stopped in a couple of times but the topics seem to be getting kinda flakey and repetitive. will only be coming in occasionally until the return of the winter.
          and why would i be mad?

          • Elaine.Benes, II

            Yeah, the only reason I really peruse this site is for a few of the Commenters who either provide me with my much-needed comedic entertainment or that I can learn from. And sometimes to get things off my chest with regard to the flakier than usual topics. I am glad you are keeping busy in the real world. I have been kept busy by my new fat ugly snowflake neighbors who have called the law on us 3 times in the past 2 weeks and who I am getting ready to file a harassment suit against. I am not sure what I will have to do if CPS shows up. But the pieces of shit haven’t yet gotten their desired outcome from calling the cops so i doubt if they are finished with us yet. Wish me luck…and I am relieved to know you are well, my friend.

  • archer

    why did he reach into his car, I’m not a fan of female cops in general, but he made a poor decision to reach into the window, I do think she over reacted, there was plenty of back up there when she shot him.

    • g.johnon

      that’ll show black folks not to try to go to night school to better themselves. and never try fo fix your own car when it dies in the middle of the road. never!
      notice how they immediately removed the body before coroner showed up and set the crime scene back 3 blocks in all directions to remove the risk of after the fact witnesses?
      the killer cop needs to be put down. the material cops, both with her and in the air need to be fired and never allowed to work for the public again, all members of the city council who had anything to do with the hiring and training of this inept officer need to be jailed for accessory to murder and also have their privelege to work for the public taken away.
      the cop’s trainers and superior officers need to be under the jail.

      • archer

        Again, he was dealing with a cop that was probably scared to hell, never should’ve reached into his car, when confronted with a life threatening situation, you have to remain calm, your life depends on keeping a cool head and not doing something to get yourself killed. Was she wrong in shooting him? Of course, like I said, there was plenty of backup with her when she shot him. I don’t like female cops, I don’t trust their instincts.

        • g.johnon

          what in the hell does being female have to do with cop instincts?

          • archer

            I don’t believe they are temperamentally suited for the job, it’s my opinion anyway. Most police departments only recruit them because of affirmative action.

        • Elaine.Benes, II

          So, you trust the instincts of these trigger-happy male cops we have mowing down unarmed non-crime-committing Citizens more so than you do the female cops who are doing it? Is that what you’re saying?

          • archer

            The same applies to them, people become cops for various reasons and many don’t have the temperament for the job. I think they have been too militarized and have the them vs. us attitude in many cases. I still feel woman are not suited for the job as much as men. if it weren’t for affirmative action there would be a lot fewer female police.

          • Elaine.Benes, II

            Well, if it weren’t for affirmative action, they would not have been so easily able to destroy the white male, which in case anyone hasn’t figured it out by now, a huge step toward the destruction of America. I am not talking about the Elite White Males, just the regular old hard working ones who helped make this country what it became before they destroyed it.

          • Elaine.Benes, II

            Another thing is, you can’t expect a bunch of horrified little snowflakes with weapons on their hips dressed up in cop uniforms, whose job it is to chase after big scary criminals, thugs, and meth-heads, to try to deal with the big scary criminals, thugs, and meth-heads as human beings. For this generation of cops – people who are not socialized, who fear any person “different” from themselves, who’ve garnered all knowledge on any given topic from “school” or what they’ve “read or seen on the internet”, it’s better for them ” to shoot first and ask questions later” because in their sick little pathetic minds, God only knows what kind of person they are dealing with…When people stop dealing with other people or, in the case of most people under 25 or so now never start dealing with and socializing with others, in a society, and judge certain groups or types of people based on what they see or hear from a non-reality-based entity filled with lies, propaganda, fake news, stereotypes, skits with people acting in them which are portrayed as real, false flag events that are not real, etc., this is what you get…a generation of people who are horrified of other people. When you try to turn those horrified people into cops, they will base all of their decisions and reactions on the level of fear they are experiencing in any given situation, at any given time, no matter whether their fears were justified or well-founded. Then, after they’ve killed someone for no reason, all they need to say is that they feared for their lives and the sad truth is, they very probably did.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    So a mans car breaks down, cops show up and the man is now dead for putting his hands up in the air? Lesson to be learned? Avoid any and all contact with cops.

  • August

    Thank God some mentally deranged person, roaming the streets of Tulsa, will remedy this injustice….