Black man posed no threat before officer shot him

Jury selection begins in Oklahoma cop's manslaughter trial

A police supervisor said he stressed to Officer Betty Shelby on the night she fatally shot Terence Crutcher the importance of not speaking about the incident before consulting with legal counsel because he knew Crutcher's race would become a divisive issue.

The Tulsa County District Attorney's office claims Shelby "reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation with Mr. Crutcher, who was not responding to verbal commands and was walking away from her with his hands help up, becoming emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted".

During Wednesday's opening statements, the defense said that Shelby was following her training and did nothing wrong.

Crutcher was unarmed, and was seen on police dash cam and helicopter video with his hands raised.

In September, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the U.S Department of Justice was opening a civil rights investigation into Crutcher's death.

"I told her not to say a word", Poth said of Shelby on the night of the shooting.

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Terence Crutcher (l.) with his arms up is pursued by police officers as he walks next to his stalled SUV moments before he was shot and killed by one of the officers in Tulsa.

Attorneys for Shelby have said Crutcher refused Shelby's commands to lie down during a two-minute period before police cameras recorded the September shooting. "And when you look at the whole picture, all the evidence will show this".

"This was a rush to file charges", McMurray said.

She tells Walker that Crutcher kept reaching for his pocket and she thought he might have a gun.

Shelby also told police investigators that she believed Crutcher to be high on PCP, a powerful hallucinogenic that can make users combative and unpredictable.

Crutcher (pictured) was 40 years old when he died.

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TCC professors Shardyn Wallace and Michelle Ogan testified that they both encountered Crutcher, who was looking for a class, around 7 p.m. the night of the shooting.

Six other witnesses testified Wednesday, among them Officer Tyler Turnbough, who was on the scene and discharged his Taser the same time Shelby fired.

He testified that he "had no idea" whether Crutcher was in fact under the influence of any substance.

"I was basing those statements on everything in the totality of the circumstances", he said, according to the Tulsa World.

If convicted, Shelby may face from four years to life behind bars, reports Reuters.

"It was obvious there was something that transpired before I arrived", he said, noting that "the situation made me a little uneasy, a little edgy".

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