Police chief: Betty Shelby being returned to duty, not in patrol capacity

Officer Betty Shelby was acquitted of a first-degree manslaughter charge for shooting and killing Terence Crutcher in September. (KTUL)

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan says Officer Betty Shelby will be returning to duty after being acquitted of manslaughter, but she will not be serving in a patrol capacity.

Shelby was found not guilty of manslaughter charges after shooting and killing Terence Crutcher in September 2016. Jordan said Thursday that Shelby's employment status was being "evaluated."

The Crutcher family has called for Shelby's termination, saying she is unfit to serve the citizens of Tulsa. Family members also called for the resignation of Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker, who they say gave Shelby special treatment after the deadly shooting.


It's not clear what role Shelby will serve with the department.

The Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, which has supported Shelby throughout the case, said they will continue to support her as she returns to duty.

“All of us at Tulsa FOP Lodge 93 are very pleased to hear Officer Betty Shelby will be reinstated as a Tulsa Police Officer. It’s the first step of her being able to move forward with her life. We are proud to work beside her as law enforcement officers and are looking forward to seeing her back on the job. We have supported Officer Shelby from the start and will continue to stand beside her moving forward."
FOP Lodge 93
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