A juror tells The Frontier that the jury wrote to Police Chief Chuck Jordan that Officer Betty Shelby should be removed from patrol duty. She was cleared of manslaughter for killing Terence Crutcher in what the juror called a “shoddy” prosecution.
One of the 12 jurors who acquitted Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby of manslaughter this week said the jury wrote a letter to Police Chief Chuck Jordan saying that Shelby should never again be a patrol officer, The Frontier reports. The juror, who was not identified, said the jury believed that the state’s prosecution “was shoddy,” and that they could have won a conviction “had they done a better job.” The juror added, “There was a range of belief there. Some of us thought she would be good behind a desk. She sounded like an excellent diver. I thought she would have made a great EMT.”
He said he felt that Shelby “was a fearful person,” and that the jury agreed someone with that mindset should not be on patrol. “I don’t think she’s a bad person,” he said. “She just shouldn’t be a cop.” One elements of a successful manslaughter case like the one against Shelby is that fear must be “an overriding” factor. He said the jury felt like Shelby was scared — she testified that the encounter with Terence Crutcher was “the most scared she’d ever been” — but that she wasn’t panicking. The juror regrets not “hanging the jury,” which would have forced the prosecution to re-try the case.