Ok­la­homa cop who killed un­armed man to stand trial

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TULSA, Okla. — Awhite Ok­la­homa po­lice of­fi­cer who fa­tally shot an un­armed black man will stand trial for first-de­gree man­slaugh­ter.

A judge ruled Tues­day there is enough ev­i­dence for Tulsa po­lice of­fi­cer Betty Jo Shelby to be tried for shoot­ing Ter­ence Crutcher on Sept. 16. She will be ar­raigned Dec. 15.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Shelby acted un­rea­son­ably be­cause Crutcher wasn’t armed or com­bat­ive and was fol­low­ing com­mands to raise his hands.

Shelby’s at­tor­neys say she shot Crutcher be­cause she feared for her life, be­liev­ing Crutcher was reaching into his ve­hi­cle for a gun.

Po­lice he­li­copter video and a dash­board cam­era showed Crutcher walk­ing away from Shelby on a Tulsa street with his arms in the air. It doesn’t of­fer a clear view of when Shelby fired the sin­gle shot.

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