In a report released today, the Department of Justice says there is insufficient evidence to pursue federal civil rights charges against a current Rogers County reserve deputy who shot and killed an unarmed black man while employed with Tulsa Police Department.
"The ruling in Betty's favor comes as no surprise to me. I hope it takes some of the weight off of her shoulders. I hope it sends an encouraging message to law enforcement that maybe we can still go about doing our job… I certainly believe there was a viscous effort to prosecute Betty Shelby," said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton in the wake of the announcement.
The Associated Press reports that U.S. Attorney Trent Shores on Friday announced the closure of the investigation into whether the ex-Tulsa police officer willfully used unreasonable force against Terence Crutcher when she shot and killed him in September 2016.
Shelby was acquitted by a Tulsa County jury in the shooting death of Crutcher, who was holding his hands above his head when he was shot. Shelby testified she fired her weapon out of fear because Crutcher didn’t obey her commands and appeared to reach inside his SUV for what she thought was a gun.