Tulsa

Haifa Jabara moved her family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to escape a civil war. She thought she’d find peace in the United States. But last summer, her son was shot and killed

Prosecutors are calling the killing a hate crime. But the Jabara family isn’t sure the designation will make much of a difference.

“We escaped a country of violence,” says Haifa’s adult daughter, Victoria Jabara, who goes by Vicky. “And then, 30 years later, it ended in violence.”

A jury on Wednesday acquitted a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man who had his hands up. Many of the jurors and the family of Terence Crutcher were in tears as the not-guilty verdict was read for Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Samantha Vicent (@samanthavicent), courthouse reporter for The Tulsa World.

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A white Tulsa police officer who shot an unarmed black man in September has been found not guilty on manslaughter charges.

A jury deliberated for nearly ten hours Wednesday before returning the verdict just before 11 p.m.

Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby says she shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher because she feared for her life after he didn't obey commands to lie on the ground and appeared to reach inside his vehicle for what she thought was a gun. No gun was found in Crutcher's vehicle.

One of the musicians who rose to fame in the '90s with the group House of Pain is working to transform a Tulsa house made famous in the film adaptation of The Outsiders.

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Part of music icon Bob Dylan's once-secret 6,000-piece archive, including thousands of hours of studio sessions, film reels and caches of unpublished lyrics, has opened in Oklahoma.

More than 1,000 pieces of the collection spanning Dylan's six-decade career are available to scholars at the Gilcrease Museum's Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa.

Last fall, the Nobel Committee for Literature announced that its newest honoree would be Bob Dylan, immediately generating heated debates on whether he deserved the prize.

Not far from a gleaming $183 million arena and other signs of a midsize city striving to become something more, smooth pavement gives way to potholes, rusted fences and shuttered storefronts. They're the remnants of what was once known as Tulsa's Black Wall Street, before one of the worst race riots in U.S. history.

Businesses that are still open in this north-side section that some locals are adamant about reviving - the off-brand gas-and-go stores, the thrift shops and salvage yards - are often separated from the next open place by gnarled weeds, rusted fence and vacant lots.

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Oklahoma's medical examiner says an unarmed man shot dead by a Tulsa police officer last month had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system when he died.

Terence Crutcher was shot Sept. 16 after his car broke down on a Tulsa street. Officer Betty Jo Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter after his death, with a prosecutor saying she reacted unreasonably after Crutcher disobeyed her commands.

Shelby's attorney Shannon McMurray says the officer was trained to spot people on PCP.

In 1921, the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, erupted in race riots that left up to 300 people dead. Homes and businesses were burned.

The riot has been mostly ignored by history. But a recent fatal police shooting of an African-American man in Tulsa has re-focused attention on the city’s past.

Bruce Fisher, retired curator of the African-American projects at the Oklahoma Historical Society, and Kate Carlton Greer, a reporter for KGOU, join Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss Tulsa’s past and present.

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A Tulsa County judge has denied a Tulsa police officer's request for an expedited hearing, despite claims by her attorneys that their client has received death threats and that they expect an "onslaught of attendance" at her arraignment.

Court records show the judge on Thursday denied the request made by attorneys for Tulsa officer Betty Shelby, who is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher.

Shelby's attorney Scott Wood says his client will plead not guilty to the charge when she is formally arraigned on Friday.

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