Tuesday, September 20, 2016
A Tulsa Police official confirmed to the Tulsa World Tuesday afternoon that officers found PCP in the vehicle used by Terence Crutcher the night he was fatally shot by police. Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker declined to say where in the vehicle investigators recovered the vial of PCP, nor did he say whether officers determined Crutcher, 40, used it Friday night, when he was fatally shot by Officer Betty Shelby. Shelby's attorney, Scott Wood, claims she fired because Crutcher reached into the vehicle. Wood said Monday that Shelby's drug recognition expert training led her to believe Crutcher had been exhibiting signs of being under the influence of PCP. Crutcher family attorney Benjamin Crump called that "misinformation," saying that video showed the vehicle's window was not open.
Crump told Tulsa World that even if Crutcher had used PCP that night, it still didn't justify the use of lethal force. "If we started to condemn everybody to death just because they have drugs in their system, all our neighborhoods would be empty," he said.
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