Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby is released on bond
Shelby was booked into jail early Friday but was released shortly thereafter when he bond was posted. Shelby has been charged with manslaughter for the death of Crutcher, who was shot after his car broke down on the side of the road and after he failed to comply with Shelby’s “lawful orders.”
According to the criminal complaint filed against Shelby, her “fear resulted in her unreasonable actions which led her to shooting.” Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced the charge of manslaughter against her on Thursday, charging that she “unlawfully and unnecessarily” shot Crutcher.
Also on Thursday, attorney’s for Crutcher’s family said that they would seek a “vigorous prosecution” in their quest for a conviction.
“This is a small victory,” Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany, told reporters of the announcement that manslaughter charges would be leveled against the officer who killed her brother.
“The chain breaks here. We’re going to break the chains of police brutality,” she added. “We know the history.”
If convicted, Shelby will face a sentence of anywhere between four years to life.