The daughter of the Tusla cop charged with first degree manslaughter defended her mother during a press conference Tuesday morning.
Amber, the daughter of Officer Betty Shelby, spoke at a news conference before her mother’s preliminary hearing, reports Tulsa World.
Amber held back tears and told those gathered that her mother had already been tried in the “court of public opinion.”
“Unfortunately, she has already been tried in the court of public opinion. I am here to reveal to you the side of my mother that the public does not know,” Amber said.
Amber also maintained that the media had done its best to tear apart her mother’s character.
“The media has made every effort to destroy her character and associate her name with that of a monster,” Amber said. “My mother is beautiful inside and out, and she deserves to be heard in the courtroom.”
Shelby was charged with first degree manslaughter after fatally shooting Terence Crutcher, a black man, Sept.16. (RELATED:Report: Black Man Killed By Police Had PCP In System At Time Of Death)
Police stopped to investigate a parked car along the side of a highway. Crutcher walked away from police officers with his hands in the air, according to the video. The video shows Crutcher falling to the ground after cops shot and tased him.
Crutcher’s actions made her believe that Crutcher was on drugs, Shelby said, adding that she had never been so scared in her life.
A medical report later revealed that Crutcher had PCP in his system at the time of the shooting. PCP, also known as “Angel Dust,” makes a person feel omnipotent and euphoric.
“Sometimes, the officers get put in difficult positions that we ourselves cannot fathom,” Amber declared. “I am here to tell you that my mother is a woman of character and integrity. She is not just the image you saw plastered on the television screen for two weeks straight.”
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