Toxicology Results: Man Killed by Tulsa Officer was on PCP

According to the toxicology results of Terence Crutcher, the Black man shot and killed in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month, by Officer Betty Jo Shelb, Crutcher was under the influence of PCP at the time of his death.

Crutcher, who was shot once in the upper right chest, according to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office had “acute phencyclidine intoxication” 96 nanograms per milliliter of phencyclidine (PCP) in his bloodstream.

PCP aka angel dust, a vial of which was found in Crutcher’s vehicle is a hallucinogenic “sought for its ability to induce the illusion of euphoria, omnipotence, superhuman strength, and social and sexual prowess.”

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 5 to 10 mg of PCP orally is enough to induce “acute schizophrenia, including agitation, psychosis, audiovisual hallucinations, paranoid delusions, and catatonia.”

Psychosis, bizarre (violent) behavior and blank staring are a few of the symptoms exhibited by an individual under the influence of PCP.   Other symptoms are slurred speech,  “horizontal, vertical, or rotatory nystagmus, ataxia, hyperthermia, and seizures.”

Larger doses can result in coma.  The amount of PCP in Crutcher’s’ system was much higher[…]

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