US White Oklahoma Officer Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Black Man Will Return to Work

23:53  19 may  2017
23:53  19 may  2017 Source:   Time

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— A white Oklahoma police officer acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black man will be allowed to return to work , Tulsa police Chief Chuck Jordan said Friday. Jordan announced his decision in an emailed statement that said officer Betty Shelby will return to active duty

Shelby, who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, was found not guilty later Wednesday of first-degree manslaughter. A white Oklahoma police officer acquitted in the shooting death of an unarmed black man will be allowed to return to duty, but not on patrol.

Betty Shelby leaves the courtroom after the jury in her case began deliberations in Tulsa, Okla., May 17, 2017.© Sue Ogrocki-AP Betty Shelby leaves the courtroom after the jury in her case began deliberations in Tulsa, Okla., May 17, 2017.

(TULSA, Okla.) - A white Oklahoma police officer acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black man will be allowed to return to work, Tulsa police Chief Chuck Jordan said Friday.

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Jordan announced his decision in an emailed statement that said officer Betty Shelby will return to active duty, but she won’t be patrolling Tulsa streets. Shelby was put on unpaid leave Sept. 22 when she was charged with manslaughter in the shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.

A jury found Shelby not guilty Wednesday.

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Shelby, who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, was found not guilty later Wednesday of first-degree manslaughter. - A white Oklahoma police officer acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black man will be allowed to return to work , Tulsa police Chief Chuck Jordan said Friday.

Shelby’s attorney, Shannon McMurray, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her client is unsure she would even want to go back to the Tulsa Police Department. McMurray said it would be dangerous for Shelby to patrol the streets again.

"She’s going to self-guess herself and get herself killed or somebody else," McMurray said.

Crutcher’s family has called for city leadership to block Shelby from returning to her job.

Jurors also said in a post-trial court filing on Friday that Shelby could have used a less-lethal method to subdue Crutcher and could have saved his life. The foreman of the jury also says in a three-page memo that jurors weren’t comfortable with the idea that Shelby was "blameless" in Crutcher’s death.

The foreman and others don’t identify themselves in the memo. The jury comprised eight women and four men and included three African-Americans.

Closing arguments in Tulsa police officer's trial to begin Wednesday

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The Tulsa police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man last week faced no disciplinary actions, and records show she only used force in one instance while working for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

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Shelby’s attorney acknowledged the officer could have fired a stun gun instead of a firearm but said the officer had to make a "split-second" decision because Shelby thought Crutcher was armed. No gun was found.

Shelby said she fired her weapon out of fear because Crutcher ignored her commands to lie down and appeared to reach inside his SUV for what she thought was a gun. But prosecutors said she overreacted, arguing that Crutcher had his hands in the air and wasn’t combative, part of which was confirmed by police video that showed Crutcher walking away from Shelby with his hands above his head.

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