Prosecutors in Tulsa, Okla., filed first-degree manslaughter charges Thursday against the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man last week.
The charges were filed nearly a week after Officer Betty Shelby shot Terence Crutcher, 40, who was approached by police Sept. 16 as he stood in the middle of a road with a car that appeared to have stalled.
The death drew nationwide and even global attention to Tulsa as a debate brewed over whether Crutcher was reaching for something inside his car window at the time of the incident. Crutcher's family members say they have viewed video of the shooting and that the windows were closed.
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According to an affidavit, Shelby was responding as backup to a domestic call when she came upon Crutcher in the road with a vehicle blocking eastbound and westbound lanes. Shelby exited her vehicle and approached Crutcher, who was mumbling to himself and would not answer any questions, the affidavit said.
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