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Tulsans speak out about not guilty verdict in case against Betty Shelby

Betty Shelby verdict reaction (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- It's been less than 24 hours since the jury came back with a not guilty verdict against Officer Betty Shelby.

All across Tulsa, citizens are weighing in on the trial and the jury's verdict.

"I think he provoked her," Rickey Robinson said.

"When the verdict was read it brought tears to my eyes because I thought when are we ever going to get justice," Terrance Hankins said.

At 9:51 p.m. Wednesday, Shelby learned her fate.

For several hours after, people like Hankins walked the streets of downtown, demanding justice.

"It kind of hurt me to hear not guilty," Hankins said. "Everybody and the whole society saw the tape, we saw the video. That was murder to us. Unarmed, hands up."

Others like Robinson say Terence Crutchers hands may have been up but says something else was happening in the video.

"She didn't tell him to walk away so him putting his hands up and walking away was completely out of the question, it was out of line," Robinson said.

As a kid, one of the first things Robinson says he was taught was to obey police.

"We have to comply with the law," Robinson said. "it is the law. You can't fool with that, you can't try to make it your own."

Hankins, wearing a "Black Lives Matter" T-shirt with pictures of two black men killed in other states, says you can't change the past but you can sure change the future.

"It was an emotional day and I am pretty sure we will see those days again soon in the future but I am always going to be for peace and non-violent but you still have to stand up for what is right and be aggressive for what is right, in a good way," Hankins said.

Read more stories about Betty Shelby and Terence Crutcher.


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