Tulsa officer acquitted of fatally shooting an unarmed black man submits resignation


A white police officer recently acquitted over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in the U.S. has resigned, saying the desk job she was given made her feel isolated from fellow officers. Shelby returned to the force in May, after a jury acquitted her in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher.

A lawyer for Officer Betty Shelby says Friday her client sent a letter of resignation to the Tulsa police department.

She said the Terence Crutcher shooting was a tragedy for everyone involved and that she's praying for healing for his family and the unity of the community.

Betty Shelby was allowed to return to active duty and landed a cushy desk job after being acquitted in May of manslaughter.

Shelby, originally a patrol cop, had been working in an administrative role at the police department since she returned to work on May 19, two days after she was acquitted of manslaughter. Tulsa PD has not responded to Raw Story's request for comment.

Before the jury's decision in May, Shelby had been on unpaid leave since prosecutors charged her with first-degree manslaughter in September.

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Shelby's last day at the police force will be August 3.

Shelby told '60 Minutes' that, at the time, she believed Crutcher was reaching into the SUV for a weapon and had been "targeting" her, which she explained as 'getting my position, my last-known location to retrieve and then shoot'. We are disappointed she feels can no longer continue her career as a Tulsa Police Officer, but we know this is the best move for her and her family. Prosecutors told jurors that Shelby overreacted, noting that videos from a patrol vehicle dashboard and a police helicopter showed Crutcher had his hands in the air.

The foreman wrote that many on the jury were not comfortable with the concept of Shelby being "blameless" in Crutcher's death.

On Friday, Shelby announced her resignation from the department.

Crutcher's family, in the meantime, is still seeking justice and has filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages as well as widespread reform within the Police Department.