Betty Shelby: I commend these jurors for their courage to step into a courtroom
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office has released a statement from Officer Betty Shelby Wednesday night following her acquittal in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher.
This case had to be tried by a jury. It was, is and will continue to be a difficult issue to discuss for my community. Men and women from every corner of our community committed themselves to the difficult task of sitting in judgment of one of their fellow citizens – Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby. There can be no doubt that the decision rendered by this jury was only after a long and deliberative process.
I commend these jurors for their courage to step into a courtroom, give up their own precious time, and dedicate themselves to upholding the rule of law.
Shelby, a Tulsa police officer, shot and killed Crutcher in September 2016. Crutcher, a black man, was unarmed at the time of the shooting. Shelby said she feared for her life and was following her training.
The trial spanned eight days with nine hours of jury deliberations.
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