Reporter Update: Police Shootings Of Black Men In Charlotte And Tulsa
Yesterday, 1st degree manslaughter charges were filed against Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer Betty Shelby for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher last week. Shelby, who is white, shot Crutcher after responding to a call about an abandoned vehicle blocking the road. Crutcher’s family says he was having car trouble and waiting for help. While Shelby contends that Crutcher refused to obey commands, video footage shows him walking away from officers with his hands up moments before he was shot in the chest. Tulsa World staff writer Corey Jones reports Shelby, 42, surrendered with an attorney at the Tulsa Jail about 1 a.m. She was booked into the jail at 1:11 a.m and posted $50,000 bond at 1:31 a.m.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, a third night of protests ended peacefully after violence erupted on Tuesday and Wednesday following the fatal shooting of an African American man Keith Lamont Scott by city police officer Brentley Vinson, who is also African-American. Police say Scott had a gun; his family believes he did not. Dashcam video of the incident has not been released to the public but the family, who saw it yesterday afternoon, and chief of police both agree, the video does not definitively show Mr. Scott holding or pointing a gun.
Gwendolyn Glenn is a reporter for NPR member station WFAE in Charlotte.
Corey Jones is a staff writer for the Tulsa World newspaper.
They join Tom by phone with updates from Tulsa and Charlotte.
Immediately following this conversation Rakeyia Scott, wife of Keith Lamont Scott, released cell phone video she took of the moments immediately before and after her husband was shot by the police.