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Opinion| Nehemiah Frank
Managing Editor | Liz Frank
Anyone who attended the trial could easily see that evidence was tampered with; photos with missing and/or moved items render much of the evidence questionable after detectives and police had conflicting testimonies.
Shelby’s defense team claims sthat he’s remorseful for taking a man’s life; nevertheless, she and her defense team demonized and maliciously transformed a victim into a criminal.
One of her attorneys, Shannon McMurray, used a screenshot from the helicopter video to make it seem as if Terence Crutcher had placed his hand in the SUV in search for a weapon. McMurray stated that Crutcher could have used his vehicle, or a small screwdriver that was found in the back of his vehicle as weapons.
McMurray used the screenshot knowing it had a five-second delay to try to justify Shelby’s actions which led to Crutcher’s death.
The DA showed that Crutcher’s hands were up when he received a bullet and taser shot to his right side. The screenshot showed him slowly dropping to his death whereby his left arm fell into the vehicle.
Shelby’s institutions came to her defense – the Tulsa Police Department, the State of Oklahoma, and Fraternal Order of Police – all powerful majority-white institutions.
But the narrative continues… his hands were up!
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