A white Oklahoma police officer acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black man will be allowed to return to work, Tulsa police Chief Chuck Jordan said Friday. Jordan announced his decision in a statement that said officer Betty Shelby will return to active duty, but she will not be patrolling Tulsa streets. Shelby was put on unpaid leave September 22 when she was charged with manslaughter in the shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. Shelby’s attorney acknowledged the officer could have fired a stun gun instead of a firearm but said the officer had to make a “split-second” choice because Shelby thought Crutcher was armed.
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