Officer Betty Shelby returns to work after manslaughter trial, will receive backpay


Less than a week after her trial, Officer Betty Shelby returned to work at the Tulsa Police Department.

Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter last week for shooting and killing Terence Crutcher in September 2016. Her lawyer says she will now return to the department in a limited capacity.

Shelby has been on leave without pay since being charged. According to the City of Tulsa, she will receive backpay in the amount of $35,480.32.

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Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said last week that Shelby would return to duty Monday after being on unpaid leave since the shooting occurred. Jordan said she will not be working in a patrol capacity, but it's not clear what she'll be doing for the department.

The Crutcher family and their attorneys have said Shelby should not return to work for the department. They have also called for the resignation of others in the police department, including homicide Sgt. Dave Walker, who they say were involved in a "cover-up" of the shooting.

The verdict sparked mostly peaceful protests akin to demonstrations seen elsewhere in the country as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. Police used what they described as preventative measures to de-escalate tensions in the hours after the verdict was read.

At least one juror opened up about the deliberation in which fellow jurors said they "question (Shelby's) judgment" as an officer. Shelby commended the jurors for their "courage."

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said "racial disparity" continues to be the greater issue facing Tulsa.

District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler says he believes justice was served following Shelby's acquittal.

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