• Crutcher family expands lawsuit to combat 'culture of excessive force'

    By: Ashli Lincoln


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • The family of Terence Crutcher filed suit against the City of Tulsa and former officer Betty Shelby
    • Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher in 2016
    • The family filed an expanded lawsuit in October to include two other officers and Chief of Police Chuck Jordan 

    The family of Terence Crutcher says they want to send a message in the civil suit filed following his death. 

    Terence Crutcher died in a police altercation in 2016; former officer Betty Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter for the shooting in 2017. 

    The family original filed suit against the City of Tulsa and Shelby, but expanded the suit Oct. 18. 

    Officers Tyler Turnbough and Jason Roy, as well as Police Chief Chuck Jordan, also face suit now. 

    They claim Turnbough's statements are inconsistent with Shelby's as to when Crutcher posed a threat. Turnbough fired his taser at Crutcher; the Crutcher family says that happened after he was shot. 

    They list Roy because he allegedly admitted to not providing medical attention to Crutcher following the gunfire. 

    Jordan faces suit because he is the policy maker for the department. 

    The Crutcher family says the additional parties will hopefully bring awareness to what they call a systemic culture of excessive force toward Tulsa citizens. 

    They point to the more than 40 excessive force settlements within the department from 2000 to 2016. 


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