Terence Crutcher Civil Suit Filed Against Cop Betty “Trigger Finger” Shelby
The family of Terence Crutcher is seeking justice by any means necessary. After acquitting his killer nearly a month ago, attorneys have filed a civil suit on behalf of the estate of Terence Crutcher.
The hefty 15-page lawsuit takes aim at both Officer Betty Shelby and the city of Tulsa, Tulsa World reported.
Shelby was acquitted in May on a first-degree manslaughter charge after shooting and killing Crutcher in September 2016. The father’s vehicle had stalled on the road and when officer Shelby arrived to the scene, she reportedly got scared because “he looked high” and she let off rounds.
The 43-year-old officer claimed to believe Crutcher had been reaching into his vehicle for a weapon. The lawsuit declares Crutcher’s shooting to be unnecessary.
“The dangers police officers generally face also do not provide a license to police officers to ‘shoot first and ask questions later,’ without properly evaluating the need for such force.” The family is seeking $75,000 in damages according to the report.