Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby was booked at the local county jail early Friday and released shortly after on $50,000 bond.
Shelby has been charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, Terence Crutcher, after his SUV broke down last week.
Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweilerannounced the charge Thursday. The criminal complaint against Shelby said her “fear resulted in her unreasonable actions which led her to shooting” Crutcher, 40. She is accused of “unlawfully and unnecessarily” shooting him after he did not comply with her “lawful orders.”
Attorneys for Crutcher’s family said Thursday they will be seeking a “vigorous prosecution” that results in a conviction.
“This is a small victory,” Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany, told reporters.
“The chain breaks here. We’re going to break the chains of police brutality,” she added. “We know the history.”
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