In The Know: Officer Betty Shelby charged with first-degree manslaughter in fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher
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Officer Betty Shelby charged with first-degree manslaughter in fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher: The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office filed a first-degree manslaughter charge on Thursday against Officer Betty Shelby in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher last week. District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said during a brief press conference that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Shelby, 42, who is expected to turn herself in to authorities. Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Monday that Crutcher, a 40-year-old father of four, was unarmed when Shelby shot him once in the upper right lung area next to his stopped SUV near 36th Street North and Lewis Avenue at 7:44 p.m. Sept. 16 [Tulsa World].
Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants Investigative Team For Police Shootings: Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman talked to News 9 reporter Justin Dougherty about Terence Crutcher’s death in Tulsa and other officer-involved shootings. Inman said an investigative team led by the attorney general may now be necessary. Inman said the state has discussed a team like this in the past, but those talks have been tabled for a while. Inman went on to say it may be necessary to have those talks once again [NewsOn6].
Heavy Fundraising on State Question 777 Suggests Right-to-Farm is High-Stakes Political Issue: Oklahoma voters will decide in November whether to change the state constitution with new language protecting the agriculture industry. Informally known as the right-to-farm amendment, State Question 777 raises a lot of legal, environmental and economic questions. A StateImpact analysis of state campaign finance data shows the issue has attracted more direct donations than any other ballot question, suggesting right-to-farm is high-stakes Oklahoma politics [StateImpact Oklahoma]. Learn more about 2016 State Questions here.
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