Thursday, September 22, 2016

Police Woman in Tulsa Oklahoma Being Charged with Manslaughter

Summary: Last week, police officer Betty Shelby had been holding 40 year old Terence Cutcher at gun point when she found him in the middle of the street with his car blocking the road. He had been mumbling to himself and not answering any questions. Officer Shelby asked Mr. Cutcher to stop walking and get on his knees repeatedly, and Mr. Cutcher did not follow the orders. As more officers arrived on scene to back up officer Shelby, Cutcher had walked back towards his vehicle with his hands raised. Shelby then reports that Cutcher was reaching for something through his car window, and she shot him once in his left lung area. Cutcher and his car was later searched and no weapon was found on or near Cutcher or in his vehicle. Officer Shelby says she thought he was reaching for a weapon and thought he was going to kill her. Cutcher's family watched the footage that was caught from the helicopter above the scene and said that Cutchers windows were in fact closed. 
This undated photo provided by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police

Connection: This connects back to all the riots and protests that have gone on in the recent past. People have fought back for what they have stated to be police brutality and have came forward to say that that racism is still alive, and innocent human beings are killed for no hard core reason, African Americans especially. 

Questions: How do you feel about the incident that occurred and do you believe Cutcher should've been shot under the circumstances? Do you believe this case will be taken differently because it is a white female police officer and a male African American? Do you think these people have the right to protest? And do you agree with the charges that are currently against officer Shelby? 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/09/22/charges-filed-against-police-officer-tulsa-shooting/90858280/ 

19 comments:

  1. I do believe that this will blow up and cause more tension because the she is a white police and he is an African American especially with the ongoing black lives matter movement.

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  2. I believe that the case will be taken differently because the officer was white. I think that people do have the right to protest, because it's a freedom of speech, and you should be allowed to voice your opinion. I agree with the charges against Shelby,because she didn't know for sure if Cutcher had a weapon or not. She shot him because she said he was "reaching for a weapon," but the helicopter footage shows differently.

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  3. I believe that Cutcher shouldn't have been shot because there was no proof that he was trying to attack her. I'm sure people will protest especially because she claimed he was reaching for something through his car window although the footage from the helicopter showed that he had no weapons and that his car windows were actually closed

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  4. i believe that the man should not have been shot. There is no real prove that he was trying to cause any harm at her or anyone. I think the police get away with at lot of things because everyone believes that they are here to protect us. but who is really us? the blacks are not being protected. and that is just wrong.

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  5. I believe that the man should not have been shot because he wasn't showing any sign of doing any harm to the police men. i also believe it is unexcepetable for the police to shoot someone just because a person didn't listen to the directions

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  6. I believe that this relation between the WHITE police officer and the shooting to protect herself is already shown to be bad. The assumption is automatically that is was for no reason and connected to a racial statement. I believe that the officers in charge should look at the situation and evaluate and not just because its between a white and black human.

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  7. I believe that the man did not deserve to get shot at all. It was a bad decision on the officer's part because she did not wait to see what the man was reaching for. I believe she deserves the charges because there was no weapon to be found in the car, therefore he was not a danger to the officer. It is obvious that there is still injustice happening in the American system.

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    1. I agree with your statement. The man had no weapon on him what so ever, and it was the officers fault. The man was not reaching for anything that was on him and although he was not following orders in the beginning, he still did not deserve to be shot and killed.

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    2. I agree with your statement. The man had no weapon on him what so ever, and it was the officers fault. The man was not reaching for anything that was on him and although he was not following orders in the beginning, he still did not deserve to be shot and killed.

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  8. I feel as these kind of scenarios are constantly being repeated as a white officer feels as they are being harmed or are going to be harmed, therefore they feel the need to protect themselves from-realistically- nothing. Fear and intimidation are the only factors they have on their side. This case wouldn't be treated "differently" because when does a white human ever receive a concequence? Brock Turner, for example, a white male you committed rape was sentenced 6 months of jail and only served 3 months. Even though it's a different case, we can already assume what the concequences will be like for Betty.

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  9. There wasn't any reason to shoot the man. If the officer really thought that he was a threat she could've shot him in the leg or somewhere that wouldn't kill him or critically injure him. I feel people do have the right to protest this but in a safe and smart way. I feel the officer does deserve what they are facing in the court.

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  10. There wasn't any reason to shoot the man. If the officer really thought that he was a threat she could've shot him in the leg or somewhere that wouldn't kill him or critically injure him. I feel people do have the right to protest this but in a safe and smart way. I feel the officer does deserve what they are facing in the court.

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  11. I think the charges on officer shelby are correct because their was no reason to shoot the man and the footage shows his windows were closed. People have the right to protest because this problem on blacks being shot by white police officers is getting out of hand.

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  12. I think the charges on officer shelby are correct because their was no reason to shoot the man and the footage shows his windows were closed. People have the right to protest because this problem on blacks being shot by white police officers is getting out of hand.

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  13. She had no reason to shoot him, therefore she is racist because he is black.

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  14. I believe the officer had no reason to shoot Mr. Cutcher. I also do believe that she should be charged with manslaughter because the evidence and her statement do not match with what she said. Although I do believe this case could be treated differently because of white privilege and the fact that she is a police officer.

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  15. I believe that he should have not been shot because he did not have weapons on him or even in the car, meaning that they had no reason to shoot him.

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  17. He shouldn't have been shot there was no actual proof of him attempting to harm the officer or anyone near by. Officers get away with things often because they're supposed to be the ones saving us from the bad guys but they just might be the bad guy we're all fearing.

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