Tulsa of­fi­cer ac­quit­ted in killing to go back towork, po­lice say

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TULSA, Okla. — A white Ok­la­homa po­lice of­fi­cer ac­quit­ted in the killing of an un­armed black man last year will be al­lowed to re­turn to the force — al­though she won’t be al­lowed on pa­trol, Tulsa’s po­lice chief said Fri­day.

Po­lice Chief Chuck Jor­dan an­nounced in a one­sen­tence email that of­fi­cer Betty Jo Shelby will re­turn to ac­tive duty. Shelby has been on un­paid leave since be­ing charged Sept. 22 with first-de­gree man­slaugh­ter in the shoot­ing of 40-year-old Ter­ence Crutcher.

A jury found Shelby not guilty Wed­nes­day, al­though the fore­man said in a memo filed with the court Fri­day that ju­rors weren’t com­fort­able with the idea that she was “blame­less” in Crutcher’s death.

Shelby plans to re­turn to work on Mon­day, her at­tor­ney, Shan­non McMur­ray, said.

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