NYC mayor praises Mayor Bartlett, Tulsans for response to Crutcher shooting
NEW YORK (KTUL) -- The mayor of the nation's largest city is praising Tulsa's own mayor after a recent officer-involved shooting of an unarmed black man.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently invited Mayor Dewey Bartlet to Gracie Mansion to thank him for how he and the city of Tulsa responded to the police shooting of Terence Crutcher.
Crutcher, 40, died Sept. 16 after encountering Officer Betty Shelby on a north Tulsa street. Crutcher's family say he was having car trouble and needed help, but Shelby's attorneys say she feared for her life.
Toxicology results show Crutcher had PCP in his system when he died, but Shelby was charged with manslaughter after an investigator for the district attorney's office said she overreacted to the situation.
Peaceful demonstrations were a daily occurrence in Tulsa in the days and weeks after Crutcher's death. Never did any rioting or violence break out like in Dallas, Milwaukee, Ferguson and Charlotte following similar shootings.
Mayor de Blasio praised Bartlett and Tulsans for remaining calm in the difficult hours after the shooting, what he called very tense circumstances.