Tulsa police officer acquitted of manslaughter resigns; police, community react
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
The Tulsa police officer who was acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in September has resigned.
The Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police has released Officer Betty Shelby's resignation letter in which she thanks her supporters and fellow officers who stood by her since the shooting.
Shelby returned to work for the Tulsa Police Department after her acquittal in May, but Police Chief Chuck Jordan said she would not be returning to a patrol capacity. It's not clear what role she was playing at the department.
Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher while his vehicle was parked in the middle of a north Tulsa road. Crutcher was unarmed but had PCP in his system and appeared to be reaching inside his vehicle when Shelby shot and killed him.
Crutcher's estate has filed a civil suit against Shelby and the city of Tulsa.
In Shelby's letter, she says she is resigning from the department effective Aug. 3.
"Since being reinstated, I have found that sitting behind a desk, isolated from all my fellow officers and the citizens of Tulsa, is just not for me," writes Shelby.
She continues: "As I have stated before, the incident with Terence Crutcher was a tragedy for everyone involved, and I am sorry he lost his life. I pray for healing for his family. I will continue to pray for the unity of our community, the safety of our citizens and our policy officers."
Read more about the Betty Shelby-Terence Crutcher case.