Why Terence Crutcher’s Estate Challenged Rulings on Officer Betty Shelby


Everyone has the right to get a fair judgment. Be it at school, workplace or any other place, any dispute should be handled with a lot of integrity and openness.

It is because of this feeling of unfair judgment that results in some of the defendants or plaintiffs appeal the judgments and take it to the next level where they think that “although the judgment may not favor me, they will be at least be fair  and better than the previous ones.”

Or more importantly, it is because of such feelings that you will have to take a different route like the one which was recently made by Terence Crutcher’s estate.

Terence Crutcher’s estate decided to file a federal civil rights lawsuit, which claims an excessive use of force—against the police officer who fatally shot Terence and then racially biased the policing against the city of Tulsa.

As per, the 15-page lawsuit came after Officer Betty Shelby—was acquitted of first-degree manslaughter in Terence Crutcher’s death, on May 17. She has since resumed the duty but not serving as a patrol officer anymore.

The lawsuit, filed in Tulsa in American District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, declared Crutcher’s shooting not necessary but also acknowledged that police officers risk their lives each day to provide public safety and uphold the law.

“However, the realities of police officer’s work in Tulsa, Oklahoma didn’t constitute the cause for Officer Shelby to be Terence’s ‘executer, judge, and jury,’ ” the lawsuit reveals. “The dangers police officers generally encounter also do not give a license to cops to ‘shoot first and then ask questions later’—without properly evaluating the necessity for such force.”

The recent lawsuit was filed by attorneys Melvin Hall and Damario Solomon-Simmons who stood in for Crutcher’s estate. The suit seeks not only punitive damages but also more than $75,000 in actual damages.

On top of that, the lawsuit also alleges that the police department’s “training, practices, customs, and patterns” to be precise, are “deliberately indifferent” to protecting and respecting the constitutional rights of Tulsa’s Black-American population.

It seems like the lawsuit did not intend to solve only Crutcher’s case but to find a sustainable solution to police brutality in the city. This because the suit also requested injunctive relief, including the independent investigations done by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the independent prosecutions of Tulsa police shootings done by the Oklahoma attorney general.

Just hoping that the effort will yield a better deal than the present one.

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