Manslaughter left Oklahoma officer feeling ‘disrespected’

The Associated Press and Tulsa World - May 13, 2017 9:52 am

Manslaughter left Oklahoma officer feeling ‘disrespected’
(Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma police sergeant testified he felt “disrespected” by the way a prosecutor announced a manslaughter charge against a white Oklahoma officer who killed an unarmed black man.
The Tulsa World reports that Sgt. Dave Walker testified Friday during the manslaughter trial of Tulsa Officer Betty Jo Shelby, who fatally shot 40-year-old Terrence Crutcher in September.
Walker said he was taken aback by the lack of protocol and respect when he learned about the charge from a reporter. Walker states that his anger stems from the fact that the charge was filed without consultation with either the detective involved or himself, which he asserts is an unprecedented occurrence. Another police supervisor testified he told Shelby not to talk about the incident because he knew it would be racially explosive.
Shelby said she shot Crutcher because he wasn’t obeying commands and kept reaching for his pockets after his SUV stalled in a street. Prosecutors say Shelby overreacted.
Prosecutors rested their case following Friday’s testimony.

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