Mayor Bynum: Verdict doesn't change recognition of racial disparities

G.T. Bynum (KTUL)

The city of Tulsa announced Wednesday that they will be holding a news conference following the trial of Officer Betty Shelby.

Shelby was found not guilty of the first-degree manslaughter charge in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher.

Mayor G.T. Bynum and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan will hold a conference to make statements about the recent verdict at 10 a.m. Thursday at city hall.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum released a statement following the verdict:

“After considering days of testimony and undergoing its own deliberation, the jury has spoken. I appreciate the jurors’ service to our community and respect their verdict. But this verdict does not alter the course on which we are adamantly set. It does not change our recognition of the racial disparities that have afflicted Tulsa historically. It does not change our work to institute community policing measures that empower citizens to work side by side with police officers in making our community safer. And no one has been calling for the resources to implement community policing more actively over a longer period of time than the men and women of our Tulsa Police Department. So we are moving forward together – Tulsans from all parts of the city, police officers and everyday citizens – with a unified purpose to make this a better place for all of us.”
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