Do you release video footage of the confrontation? Do you deploy officers in riot gear? Do you call in the National Guard? While looking over their shoulder at the punishing riots in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere, Tulsa and Charlotte took very different paths after police officers shot and killed black men in those two cities.
Officer Betty Shelby, 42, is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death last Friday of Terence Crutcher. She surrendered at 1 a.m. Friday and was quickly released on bond. Court documents allege that she escalated a confrontation with the victim by overreacting.
Failure by officers to give immediate medical attention after a shooting has been a central grievance in protests over police shootings of black people over the past two years. A prominent police research group says officers should give aid as soon as they can. Experts say some police departments lack clear policies.