Crutcher family, pastors call out the Tulsa FOP, Shelby's defense
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- After Betty Shelby's jury was dismissed Tuesday, members of the Crutcher family and their supporters expressed disappointment in the way the case is being tried, both in the courtroom and on social media.
"They are making an angel out of the perpetrator and a villain out of the victim," said Dr. Rodney Goss, pastor at Morning Star Baptist Church.
Goss was joined by Terence Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, and father, Rev. Joey Crutcher. He made a point to say they are not anti-police, they are anti-injustice.
The group took issue with the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police's use of social media to paint a negative picture of Crutcher.
"It would appear to me that as opposed to Betty Shelby being on trial, it seems that Terence Crutcher is on trial," said Goss.
In response, the Tulsa FOP released a statement, saying they sympathize with the family.
“We express our deepest condolences to the Crutcher family for having to relive the tragic loss of their loved one through the course of this trial. Although we sympathize with the family, we stand by our decision to educate the public on the facts of this case through social media. We have only raised issues that were first raised in court, like Mr. Crutcher having active warrants. Everything we have done has not been to inflame the situation but to educate the public on police protocol. Very soon, we will have a verdict in this case and the hope for everyone is we will find peace with whatever decision is made."
Jerad Lindsey, FOP Lodge 93 Chairman of the Board
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