Tiffany Crutcher says Shelby trial showed 'corruption' of TPD, asks jury for justice
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
The twin sister of Terence Crutcher, who was shot and killed by Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby last year, says Shelby's trial has made it "very clear" that the Tulsa Police Department is corrupt.
Shelby, who was charged with first-degree manslaughter after shooting and killing the unarmed Terence Crutcher, is currently awaiting a verdict from 12 jurors. Tiffany Crutcher, speaking to the media after jury deliberations began Wednesday, said the trial made it "clear" that the officers involved tried to cover up a murder.
"After just hearing the closing arguments, it's very clear that there was no justification for my brother being executed, and it's very clear that all of the officers involved tried to cover up this murder," Crutcher said. "What's very clear is the corruption of the Tulsa Police Department."
Crutcher also talked about the officers on scene not checking on her brother immediately after the shooting.
"What's very clear is that my brother laid on the ground while all of the other officers went and checked on Betty Shelby, but nobody asked him, is he OK?" Crutcher said. "Nobody said to him, just hold on, we're going to help you. And they let him lay there in his own blood like he didn't matter. So, it is our prayer that the jury will come out with justice... for my brother, for his children, for my parents, and for my family."
Shelby took the stand Monday and testified that Terence Crutcher was at fault for his death. She talked about suspecting he was high on PCP and how she believed Crutcher had a gun. Shelby said she acted according to the training she had received from the department.
Prosecutors have argued that Shelby overreacted when she shot Crutcher.
Read more about the Terence Crutcher shooting death.