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Gov. Fallin releases statement following Shelby's 'not guilty' verdict

(FILE/KOKH)

Governor Mary Fallin has issued a statement asking Oklahomans to respect the criminal justice system after Officer Betty Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter.

A jury found Shelby not guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher in September 2016. Fallin urged Oklahomans to respect the jurors and to remain peaceful in the aftermath of the decision.

“I ask Oklahomans to respect our criminal justice system and especially the jurors, who heard the evidence from both sides in this case," Fallin said. "Those who disagree with the verdict have the right to express their opinions; I just ask that they do so in a peaceful manner. I appeal to Tulsans and others to remain calm. Our thoughts and prayers should be with the Terence Crutcher and Betty Shelby families during this difficult time.”

Mayor G.T. Bynum and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss the acquittal.

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