Tulsa leaders urge peace after cop acquitted in man's death
A 23-year-old African American man who says he was doing nothing more than bicycling home from his job at New Seasons Market when he was stopped, knocked to the ground, handcuffed and arrested by a Portland police officer has filed a $475,000 lawsuit against the city.Police had been scouring the neighborhood for a black man suspected in a shooting when they came upon Anthony James Allen Jr., said his attorney, Ashlee Albies.Police refused to answer Allen's questions about why they were stopping him, she said Thursday."You need reasonable suspicion," Albies said. "It can't just be because 'I feel like it.' It can't just be because 'You're black and I want you to do what I want you to do.' ... If that was me on my bike ... there's no way they would have done that. I'm a white woman."Allen ended up with bloody shins and a sore neck and shoulders, she said.Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson didn't respond to a request for comment. The city attorney's office declined comment, saying it doesn't talk about pending litigation.According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Allen was pedaling home with a couple of bags of groceries about 11:30 p.m. on May 18, 2015, when he saw the flashing lights of police cars and a police-line perimeter around his Northeast Portland neighborhood. He stopped and spoke to officers, who told him there had been a shooting, the area wasn't safe and that he should head straight home, according to the suit.Allen was trying to do just that when, a few doors away from his home at Northeast 25th Avenue and Sumner Street, police officer Colby Marrs "appeared suddenly out of the shadows" and yelled at him to stop, the suit says.Allen explained that he was headed home from work and pointed to his home a few doors down, the suit states. That's when Marrs responded, "Not if I have questions for you," and Allen explained that he'd just spoken to two officers who told him to go home, according to the suit.Marrs told Allen that if "an officer tells you to stop, you (expletive) stop," the suit says."Allen, put off by this disrespectful behavior he did not deserve, said that he did not have anything to say to Marrs, and continued on his way home," the suit says.Marrs then grabbed Allen's shoulder, put his hand on his gun and called for backup, the suit says. Marrs also ordered Allen -- who was in the street -- to the curb, the suit states.Allen told the officer that he would comply and started moving to the curb when Marrs took Allen to the ground and pressed his knee into Allen's neck and shoulders as he handcuffed him, the suit states. The neighborhood perimeter had been lifted by then, the suit says.Police later dumped out the contents of his backpack, including the Bible he carried with him, according to the suit.Allen was released from custody about four hours later.The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office pursued a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a police officer on the theory that Allen had refused to obey a lawful order. In August 2015, a six-person jury acquitted him.Oregon court records show that Allen doesn't have a criminal history, his attorney said it shouldn't matter if he did. Albies said the city should better train its officers to avoid racial profiling. She also said officers need to learn how to better de-escalate situations and work toward rebuilding their relationship with minority communities.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/jury-acquits-tulsa-cop-shooting-061508641.htmlQuoteTulsa leaders urge peace after cop acquitted in man's deathyeah right. I urged for peace from the cop before he shot the unarmed black dude. Burn the fucking city down.
She fired her weapon, she told a Tulsa County courthouse on Monday, because "I feared for my life.""I did everything I could to stop this," she added. "Crutcher's death is his fault."
Bill Whitaker: So what's going through your mind?Betty Shelby: Well, what's goin' through my mind is what I've experienced before. I've encountered people putting their hands in their pockets, and I find a loaded gun in their pocket.<snip>Bill Whitaker: Was he being belligerent?Betty Shelby: No.Bill Whitaker: Was he showing any aggression?Betty Shelby: No.Bill Whitaker: Is it possible that you saw him as more dangerous because he was a large black man?Betty Shelby: No. What I based everything on was his actions, his behaviors. Race had nothing to do with my decision making.Shelby says Crutcher kept ignoring her commands, kept walking toward the SUV even though she had drawn her gun, and had ordered him to get on his knees. Betty Shelby: And he's not doing it. I'm hollering at him, "Stop. Stop now. And he has now put his hands back up in the air. And he's looking at his vehicle, back at me."Bill Whitaker: And you're thinking?Betty Shelby: I'm thinking he's calculating how he can get to his vehicle to get whatever weapon it is that he's going to get because he didn't find it in his pocket.<snip>Betty Shelby: I'm feeling that his intent is to do me harm and I keep thinking, "Don't do this. Please don't do this. Don't make this happen." And then right there he's looking back at me. That's what we call "targeting." So he's getting my position, my last-known location to retrieve and then shoot.Bill Whitaker: You think he's sizing up the situation to see where you are, how close, if he were to grab a weapon, he would know exactly where to turn to shoot? That's what you're thinking?Betty Shelby: That-- yes.It's unclear what happened in the final moments of Crutcher's life. Officers Shelby and Turnbough were in front of the dashboard camera and the helicopter was too far away. But Betty Shelby says, what's hard to see on the video tape, is what she saw. She says Crutcher dropped his arms and reached into the car. Betty Shelby: His shoulders drop, his arm drops, and he's reaching in. And it's fast. Just that would tell any officer that that man's going for a weapon.<snip>Bill Whitaker: But as it turns out, you're judge, jury, and executioner on the spot.Betty Shelby: No. I saw a threat and I used the force I felt necessary to stop a threat.<snip>Bill Whitaker: Do you have any regrets about this?Betty Shelby: I have sorrow that this happened that this man lost his life but he caused the situation to occur. So in the end, he caused his own.Bill Whitaker: He caused his death?Betty Shelby: Yes.<snip>Betty Shelby: If I wait to find out if he had a gun or not, I could very well be dead. There's something that we always say. "I'd rather be tried by 12 than carried by six." Bill Whitaker: But as it turned out, he did not have a gun.Betty Shelby: No, he did not.<snip>Betty Shelby: Yes. I never wanted to be in that spot. His actions dictated my actions.<snip>Bill Whitaker: Was Terence Crutcher's an avoidable death?Betty Shelby: Yes.Bill Whitaker: Did this have to play out the way it did?Betty Shelby: No.Bill Whitaker: What would've changed things?Betty Shelby: If he would've complied. If he would have communicated with me, if he would've just done as I asked him to do we would not be here. You and I would never have met and no one would ever know my name.
Ray Owens: Betty Shelby very likely viewed Terence Crutcher as a "bad dude." Is she a racist? Does she, you know, have some ill will toward black people? I doubt it. But if she is like so many people in our nation, she assumes too quickly that a black male, especially out on the streets at night, is a threat and not a citizen. Is a suspect and not--a decent human being.
Yeah I am familiar with the case. She needs to be not a cop put down.