“I was never so scared in my life as in that moment right then”   ◆

That’s from Betty Shelby, the police officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher last Friday, a man who was walking away from her with his hands raised above his head.

As many people have already noted, you may be in the wrong line of business if a man with his hands in the air scares you.

(Even Donald Trump is “troubled” by this shooting, suggesting you shouldn’t “be doing what they are doing”. I mean, you know you fucked up when Trump has a reasonable position I can agree with.)

I have no doubt the victim’s race (Black) had something to do with the fear, which makes this statement from the officer’s lawyer odder still:

Crutcher did not respond […] so Shelby ordered him again to get his hand out of his pocket. He then pulled his hand away and put his hands up in the air, even though he was not instructed to do so1, which Shelby found strange

Really? A police officer finds it strange that a Black man with a gun trained on him is going to raise his hands, whether asked to or not?

Does she not watch the news? Does “hands up, don’t shoot” have no meaning to her?


  1. Emphasis mine. In one of the earliest statements from the Tulsa Police Department they first said:

    > They asked him to show his hands.