Tulsa officer Betty Shelby was accused of shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher in a case that garnered national attention and widespread protest from Black Lives Matter.
The jury though on Wednesday, September, 16th acquitted this white Oklahoma police officer who said in her defense that she fired out of fear last year when she killed an unarmed black man with his hands held above his head.
The jury’s makeup was eight women, four men, with nine white people and three black people, according to the Tulsa World. At least four of the jurors broke down in tears as they left the courtroom.
Jurors deliberated more than nine hours before delivering the verdict. Afterword, Gov. Mary Fallin called for calm as dozens of protesters outside the courthouse chanted: “No justice. No peace. No racist police,” the Associated Press reported.
The verdict drew a sharp response from the Crutcher’s father.
“Let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder,”
the Rev. Joey Crutcher said.
"This was a very difficult case with lots of difficult issues," Judge Doug Drummond said before the decision was announced. "I hope everyone can acknowledge that."
He added, "I'm asking you to trust the system."
Taking after the declaration of the decision, a gathering of individuals dissenting the decision to give Shelby a chance to walk free moved toward the front entryway of the Mayo Hotel to demand the officer to come out, the protesters thinking that Shelby was inside.
In their closing arguments, prosecutors noted that the other officers around her knew it was a "bad shoot" after she killed the unarmed man.
Shelby stopped after seeing Crutcher, a 40-year-old father of four, in the middle of a road on Sept. 16, opening fire after he refused commands to lie down.
Betty Shelly has claimed she believed that the motorist, whose hands were seen up in video of the shooting, may have been reaching into his car for a gun.
However, no gun was found, and prosecutors say he posed no threat to officers and did nothing aggressive.
Crutcher's hands were seen up in video of the shooting
Police issued a warning that "chemical agents will be used" if the group didn't leave.
Finally, around 12:20 a.m. Thursday, the line of protesters broke and people began to leave the area.
The Question that remains is how much Justice was just in this case.