Pro-law enforcement group to hold "Meet and Greet" for Betty Shelby
TULSA, Okla., (KTUL) -- A pro-law enforcement group is planning a meet and greet with Betty Shelby next weekend weeks after not-guilty verdict.
Shelby’s attorney Shannon McMurray confirmed to Tulsa's Channel 8 today the meeting’s purpose: to let Shelby know she has the group’s support.
But the idea of this private meeting isn’t sitting well with some of her critics.
Weeks ago, Betty Shelby stepped out of the courtroom cleared of any charges, now a group is trying to help her by showing their support.
Shelby’s attorney Shannon McMurray released a statement today.
It reads in part -- "From the beginning this group has vigilantly supported Shelby and watched the case. Being extremely disappointed in the lack of support from the chief and the state of Oklahoma, they felt it was extremely important for Officer Shelby and all law enforcement know that citizens in Tulsa County and throughout the State of Oklahoma support Officer Shelby.”
The meet and greet, while private, comes at a time where the not-guilty verdict is still fresh on the minds of those in the Tulsa community.
Dr. Rodney Goss is pastor at Morning Star Baptist Church.
He believes the wounds of the much publicized trial haven’t had time to heal.
“I still think there should be a level of remorse, a level of concern, pain, hurt," said Goss.
Goss has only been in north Tulsa for two years.
As an outsider, he says he’s doing his best to solve issues Tulsa has experienced for generations.
Which is why he says holding a meet and greet may strike the wrong cord.
“You’re celebrating someone who is somehow the highlight, the star, the celebrity, the great person in the room," said Goss.
This is a private meeting and only those invited can go.
It’s planned sometime next Saturday.
Shelby’s attorney would not provide a time and place for the event out of respect for those attending.