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