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    Remember Officer Betty Shelby? The dilemma of a cop

    There has been some interesting discussions (to me anyway) on some wider issues on this board and some of you will have some views on this case that I have been pondering on a rainy morning in Phuket


    Jury Acquits Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby in Shooting Death of Terence Crutcher


    A jury on Wednesday acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in Tulsa last year.

    Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby, 43, had been charged with manslaughter in the September 2016 shooting death of Terence Crutcher, 40, during an encounter that began with the report of a stalled vehicle.

    The district attorney's office announced a verdict had been reached shortly after 9 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET), more than eight hours after deliberations began, NBC affiliate KJRH reported.

    The manslaughter trial against Shelby opened May 10 with prosecutors laying out how the five-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department encountered Crutcher what should have been a routine traffic matter that went too far, they said.

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    Sorry but I can't work out how to copy this so here is the link to the letter the foreman of the jury wrote.
    Well worth reading for an insight into a jury's thinking and their version of the law

    Public letter from jurors who found Betty Shelby not guilty of manslaughter - Business Insider

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    Unlike you to post something in defence of a black guy... so I shall read on to see if this is a first...

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    Does seem like a cop out... "The training made her behave this way".

    Unfortunately you can't give the "Training" a guilty verdict... does their training not allow them to use their tazor and only use their gun as a last resort? ie... one policeman can have a gun pointed as back up, while the other uses a tazor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waharoa View Post
    Does seem like a cop out... "The training made her behave this way".

    Unfortunately you can't give the "Training" a guilty verdict... does their training not allow them to use their tazor and only use their gun as a last resort? ie... one policeman can have a gun pointed as back up, while the other uses a tazor...
    At what stage would she have used the taser?
    When he turned and walked back to the car?

    The other officer had a taser trained on him at that stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLandHim View Post
    At what stage would she have used the taser?
    When he turned and walked back to the car?

    The other officer had a taser trained on him at that stage.
    So why didn't he use it? Surely the gun should be a last resort.. not a first resort... otherwise why even bother with a tazor...

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