Attorney: PCP doesn't justify police shooting


12 October, 2016

A Tulsa man who was shot to death last month by a police officer had PCP in his system when he died.

Terence Crutcher, 40, had "acute phencyclidine intoxication" when he died September 16.

Terence Crutcher, 40, had "acute phencyclidine intoxication" when he was fatally shot on 16 September, according to a medical examiner.

An autopsy noted that both of Crutcher's lungs were pierced and that he had four broken ribs.

The autopsy report, conducted by the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, showed Crutcher tested positive for Phencyclidine, also known as PCP, which can cause hallucinations and other effects.

Medical literature says it can induce euphoria and feelings of omnipotence.

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Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. The examiner recovered a bullet fragment from Crutcher's left chest. The police officers believed that he could've had a gun in his auto, which they later found out that there was not a single weapon in Crutcher's vehicle.

Tulsa police said previously that PCP was discovered in Crutcher's stalled SUV after his death.

The Associated Press also reported that lawyers for Crutcher's family said the toxicology report "does not change the most pertinent facts of this tragedy" and added that Shelby "should be held accountable for her unlawful actions". The video showed the innocent man walking up to the officers with his hands raised; the police made him walk back to his auto and stay there.

According to an investigative affidavit of the shooting, Shelby saw Crutcher and his vehicle while responding to a different call. Nearly simultaneously, another officer fired a Taser at Crutcher as he moved toward his SUV. Manslaughter charges have been filed against Shelby, who was released from jail after posting bond.

The autopsy found 96 nanograms of PCP per milliliter of blood, the report said, which is considered a high level.

Under Oklahoma law, first-degree manslaughter carries a minimum sentence of four years.

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