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After her acquittal two months ago in the shooting death of unarmed Black father Terence Crutcher, White Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer Betty Shelby is resigning from the force, reports NBC News. The resignation will take effect on Aug. 3.

Since being reinstated, I have found that sitting behind a desk, isolated from all my fellow officers and the citizens of Tulsa, is just not for me,” Shelby said in a statement Friday released by her union, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 93.

Shelby further stated: “I pray for healing for his [Crutcher’s] family. I will continue to pray for the unity of our community, the safety of our citizens and our police officers.”

Tulsa police officials said they have not received word of the resignation. Shelby had been working in an administrative role since May 19, two days after the manslaughter acquittal that sent shockwaves throughout the city and beyond, reports CBS News.

The September 16, 2016 fatal shooting highlighted a deep-rooted problem with policing, with officers viewing noncompliance as an escalation tactic when it comes to African-Americans. Shelby, 43, said that Crutcher, 40, disobeying her instructions creating a fear that made her fire her gun when she responded to a report of a stalled car. Crutcher was unarmed and had his hands in the air but was reportedly on the drug PCP, the report says.

I’m feeling that his intent is to do me harm, and I keep thinking, ‘Don’t do this. Please don’t do this. Don’t make this happen,’” said Shelby in a 60 Minutes interview that aired in April.

The community of Tulsa, where relations have been strained for several decades, was on edge after the fatal shooting. Tensions boiled over when Shelby was found not guilty in May. The officer’s resignation was demanded by dozens across the nation.

Now that Shelby is stepping down, Crutcher’s family continues their fight for justice. Crutcher’s relatives filed a $75,000 wrongful death lawsuit in June, seeking mandatory training for cops on how to manage suspects with mental health or substance abuse issues.


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11 thoughts on “Tulsa Cop Acquitted In Terence Crutcher Shooting Death Resigns

  1. Carol on said:

    This botch should have been found guilty she was showing off for her husband up in the damn helicopter. I hope like heck one of her family members receive the same verdict as Mr. Crutcher. And all you bad police officers you may not ever do the time for murdering people who don’t look like you, but every family have walked away with millions, so keep making the families rich, and your cities losing money that could be going else where.

  2. Grady White on said:

    Right after that last hit of PCP he was going to straighten his life out and get back to college. C’mon man, if we want criminal behavior to subside, we have to stop making excuses for it

    • The problem is what you sue for and what you get are usually two different things,
      I didn’t know Mr. Crutcher or his kin but I’m sure his earning potential was or never would be close to 75 Mill, and since the officer was acquitted of any criminal wrong doing asking for such a huge windfall would be extremely problematic

  3. Joe Gonzales on said:

    Are You Kidding Me ? “Crutcher’s relatives filed a $75,000 wrongful death lawsuit in June, seeking mandatory training for cops on how to manage suspects with mental health or substance abuse issues.”
    So this man’s life was only worth $75,000 to his family ? Sue the police $75 Million minimum

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