Tulsa Cop Acquitted in Terence Crutcher's Death Resigns

Betty Shelby says desk job makes her feel isolated
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 14, 2017 5:01 PM CDT
Tulsa Cop Acquitted in Terence Crutcher's Death Resigns
In this May 17, 2017, file photo, Betty Shelby leaves the courtroom with her husband, Dave, right, after the jury in her manslaughter case began deliberations in Tulsa, Okla.    (Sue Ogrocki)

A white Oklahoma police officer recently acquitted of fatally shooting an unarmed black man submitted her resignation from the Tulsa police department Friday, saying the desk job where she had been assigned made her feel isolated from fellow officers, the AP reports. Officer Betty Shelby's resignation is effective Aug. 3, according to a news release from the Tulsa branch of a national police union. She also said she was praying for healing for the family of Terence Crutcher, who died after she opened fire in September. "As I have stated before, the incident with Terence Crutcher was a tragedy for everyone involved, and I am sorry he lost his life," Shelby said. "I will continue to pray for the unity of our community, the safety of our citizens and our police officers."

Shelby was acquitted in May of manslaughter in Crutcher's slaying. Police Chief Chuck Jordan put her in an administrative role May 19, two days after her acquittal. She was not allowed on street patrol while an internal department investigation continued. Tulsa police spokesman Sgt. Shane Tuell would not speak specifically about Shelby but said internal investigations end when officers are no longer employed by the department. Prior to returning to work, Shelby had been on unpaid leave since Sept. 22, when prosecutors charged her. Her attorney, Shannon McMurray, said she's not sure what 43-year-old Shelby will do next. McMurray said there had been no agreement in place for a payout if Shelby stayed in the desk job for a certain amount of time. (More Terence Crutcher stories.)

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