Civil case could follow Officer Betty Shelby's acquittal
Tulsa, Okla. (KTUL) —
The criminal case may be over but the journey for justice continues—after the death of Terence Crutcher.
Officer Betty Shelby was acquitted and is now back on the job. But more legal proceedings could be on the way. Attorneys for the Crutcher family and community members have all said the City of Tulsa should pay, not just in money but also in reforms.
“They are going to have to pay money, so these children can have a future,” said Attorney Damario Solomon Simmons, during a press conference, the day after Officer Betty Shelby was acquitted.
Terence Crutcher left four children behind and even though Shelby was acquitted—attorneys for the Crutcher family---say now they are preparing their case/
We spoke to former U.S. Attorney Danny Williams.
“I suspect you are going to get some civil litigation out of the events that occurred last September,” said Williams, who has since left his position and is now in private practice. Williams says immediately following the shooting, he requested the Department of Justice, to investigate.
“Our contacts were, ‘Keep us posted. We are monitoring it whatever you need from DC we will make it available. So, and I believe that is probably the case now,” said Williams.
But Williams says the Crutcher family may pursue federal or state civil litigation.
“These facts are going to be contested like they were in the criminal case, so I don’t see it will be any easier state or federal court on a civil side,” explained Williams.
“It’s not just a case against Betty Shelby, but the City of Tulsa, because it was the City of Tulsa that took Terence’s life,” Solomon Simmons said.
The family has not announced a civil lawsuit officially. Solomon Simmons was unavailable for comment today.