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The Latest: Tulsa cop acquitted in death to return to duty

TULSA, Okla. – The Latest on the not guilty verdict in the manslaughter trial of a white Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man (all times are local):

12:10 pm

A white Oklahoma police officer acquitted in the shooting death of an unarmed black man will be allowed to return to duty but not on patrol.

Tulsa police chief Chuck Jordan issued a statement on Friday, making the announcement with regard to officer Betty Jo Shelby.

A jury on Wednesday found Shelby not guilty of manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.

Shelby said that she fired her weapon out of fear because Crutcher ignored her commands and seemed to reach into his SUV for what she thought was a gun.

But the prosecutors said Shelby overreacted.

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11:55 pm

Members of the jury who acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer of the killing of an unarmed black man last year, saying the officer had a less lethal method to subdue him that would have saved his life.

The foreman of the jury, which found Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby not guilty of manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher on Wednesday, also says in a letter that the judges were not comfortable with the idea that Shelby was “blameless” in Crutcher’s death.

The three-page memo was filed Friday in court. The foreman and others do not identify themselves in the memo.

Shelby’s lawyer acknowledged that Shelby could have fired a stun gun instead of a firearm, but said the officer had to make a “split-second” decision because Shelby thought Crutcher was armed. No weapon was found.

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8 hours

Tulsa-community leaders say that the acquittal of a white Oklahoma police officer who killed an unarmed black man tore open a long-festering wound.

Of the mayor’s office to schools and churches, race relations are horrible in Oklahoma’s second-largest city of more than a century.

As black community leaders on Thursday welcomed by Mayor G. T. Bynum mention of racial disparities on the day after a jury of Tulsans found officer Betty Jo Shelby not guilty of manslaughter. Shelby fatally shot a 40-year-old Terence Crutcher in the middle of a street in the city, taking into account his disabled SUV in September.

Shelby said that she fired her weapon out of fear because Crutcher ignored her commands and seemed to reach into his SUV for what she thought was a gun.

But the prosecutors said Shelby overreacted. She said Crutcher had his hands in the air and was not aggressive part of which was confirmed by the police video taken from a dashboard camera and helicopter that showed Crutcher walk from Shelby, hands above his head.

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