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Tulsa Cop Now Faces First-Degree Manslaughter Charges

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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Oklahoma prosecutors filed first-degree manslaughter charges Thursday against the white officer responsible for shooting an unarmed black man.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the charges against Officer Betty Shelby, a five-year veteran of the force, reports Fox 17.

“I don’t know why things happen in this world the way they do. We need to pray for wisdom and guidance on each of our respective paths in life,” Kunzweiler said.

“Each of us at the end of our days will have to account for our own actions. The only way I know to walk my path is to try every day to pray and to serve my fellow citizens so that he or she may be lifted up,” he continued.

Shelby shot Terence Crutcher when police stopped to investigate a parked car in the middle of the road Sept. 16. Police were allegedly concerned about drugs use and suspicious behavior.

Dash cam video shows Crutcher walking to his car with his hands up when police tasered, then shot him.(RELATED: Unarmed Man Puts Hands Up Before Cops Tase, Shoot Him [VIDEO])

A warrant has been issued for Shelby’s arrest and officials are in talks with her attorney to discuss her surrender.

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