Judge Poised to Decide Whether Terence Crutcher Had a Common-Law Wife December 5

By Samantha Vicent Tulsa World Damario Solomon-Simmons was one of four attorneys who filed a similar brief late Wednesday afternoon in support of assertions from Crutcher’s parents and twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, that Terence Crutcher and Johnson had no such arrangement. Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by a Tulsa police officer while he was unarmed on Sept. 16. The officer …

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VIDEO: Surviving Police Encounters As A Blackman

A couple of months before Michael Brown was gunned down by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson  while driving back to Oklahoma from Kansas City, Missouri with my wife.  I was racially profiled, illegally detained, and humiliated with demeaning questions by a white Missouri State Trooper. See, even as as a law abiding, tax paying lawyer, as a Black man nothing …

Dramatic Day 2 of Common-law Marriage Trial Concludes Without A Decision

By Samantha Vicent Tulsa World  Common-law marriage: Tiffany Crutcher testified Wednesday that soon after her brother’s funeral, she saw Johnson appear on the news with Smolen using Crutcher’s last name. She said she had never heard Johnson use his name before Terence Crutcher’s Sept. 16 death and asserted that Johnson “was never his wife,” adding that her brother had two serious …

Officer Betty Shelby Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher

By Arianna Pickard Tulsa World  A Tulsa police officer charged with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of unarmed Terence Crutcher two weeks ago pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Tulsa County District Court. Betty Shelby, 42, remained silent in the courtroom other than answering “yes” to acknowledge her presence, and her plea was entered by attorney Shannon McMurray, who …