Terence Crutcher family outraged after police officer who shot unarmed black man cleared

Terence Crutcher: Family of black man outraged after white police officer is cleared of manslaughter

Betty Shelby was found not guilty of first degree manslaughter of Terence Crutcher (Credit: Twitter @CrimesNewsBit)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The family of an Oklahoma black man shot dead by a white police officer have reacted with grief and outrage after his shooter was cleared of first-degree manslaughter. 

Betty Shelby claimed she shot Terence Crutcher - who was unarmed - dead in Tulsa out of fear. 

Investigators had previously said she had become emotionally involved in the situation to the point where she "overreacted."

The jury found Shelby not guilty of manslaughter in court. 

When the verdict was read out, Crutcher's family were ushered out of the courtroom as they sobbed and wailed.

Some of the jurors, reportedly four, were in tears as they left the courtroom, unable to look at the family. 

Outside the court, grief turned to anger as Crutcher's father said it was his belief Shelby had "gotten away with murder."