'This letter attempts to capture the thoughts of the jury as a whole as accurately as is reasonable,' the letter from the jury foreman states.
Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan announced Friday that Officer Betty Shelby will be returning to work at the Police Department after being acquitted this week of first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16, 2016, fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher.
But Shelby, 43, who has been on unpaid administrative leave since she was charged in September, will not be returning to patrol duties.
“Pursuant to the jury verdict of acquittal in the criminal case of Officer Betty Shelby, she is being returned to duty,” Jordan said in a press release issued Friday morning. “She will not be assigned in a patrol capacity.”
Shelby, who is white, shot and killed Crutcher, 40, who was black, after encountering him and his SUV in the 2300 block of East 36th Street North. Crutcher was not armed.
Meanwhile, a letter from the foreperson of the jury in the Shelby trial was filed in Tulsa County District Court on Friday.
“This letter attempts to capture the thoughts of the jury as a whole as accurately as is reasonable,” the letter states.
One of the 12 jurors who acquitted Shelby of manslaughter on Wednesday told The Frontier on Thursday the jury penned a letter to TPD Chief Chuck Jordan saying that Shelby should never again be a patrol officer.
Jordan told The Frontier he intends to keep the letter private once he receives it.
Ryan Howard, clerk for Judge Doug Drummond, said they didn’t receive the letter about Shelby’s employment.
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