The officer, Betty Shelby, has been charged in the shooting. This, however could help her during her trial
Terence Crutcher, the drug-abusing felon who abandoned his running SUV in oncoming traffic before being shot by Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby when she perceived that he was reaching into his vehicle, was in fact high on PCP when he ignored her commands.
Toxicology tests on the body of Terence Crutcher show he had PCP in his system on September 16, 2016, the day he was shot and killed by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby.
Shelby is charged with manslaughter in his death.
Crutcher’s SUV was parked in the middle of the road when Shelby was responding to another call, records show. Police said the officer saw the vehicle, which witnesses say had its doors open, while en route to another call.
A witness told a 911 dispatcher that when she saw Crutcher by the vehicle, he was saying his car was going to blow up, and she thought he was “smoking something.”
The report also says Crutcher had “acute phencyclidine intoxication.” Phencyclidine is also called PCP.
The positive results could help Shelby’s defense in that she said she perceived Crutcher to be a threat to her safety.
Certainly this does not clear the officer, but it is important evidence. People high on drugs, especially drugs like PCP, which can cause hallucinations can be very dangerous indeed. Crutcher walked away from police, towards his vehicle, then began to reach inside his vehicle. People need to understand that an officer does not know what a suspect is reaching for when they attempt to reach into their car, or into their waist band, or pockets. A suspect who is reaching for a weapon can use that weapon very quickly. An officer who waits to see what is being reached for will likely come to a bad end. Actions tend to be quicker than reactions.
Crutcher’s death is sad. Even sadder if his drug abuse caused him to act as he did. And, again, all the evidence needs to be examined. But, anyone screaming about racism, or about police shooting an unarmed man needs to wait for all the evidence as well. The lynch mob mentality of the Black Lives Matter activists is not about justice, or examining evidence, or improving relations between minorities and police. It is about turning our justice system upside down, and hampering police in their duties.