Terence Crutcher's family calls Betty Shelby verdict unjust, calls for chief to fire TPD sergeant

Posted at 11:04 AM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2020-09-15 13:15:00-04

TULSA - Terence Crutcher's family and community leaders all gathered at Morning Star Baptist Church to share the pain a not guilty verdict has brought them, and to call for the Tulsa Police Department to make a change. 

“I’ve heard city leaders say justice has been served. That is a lie," said Metropolitan Baptist Church Pastor Ray Owens. 

Mirroring how Terence Crutcher's family felt after a "sleepless night."

“Terence didn’t have a gun, Terence didn’t attack her, Terence didn’t say anything to her, Terence had his hands up and she still got away with murder," said Terence's Sister Dr. Tiffany Crutcher. 

The family's attorneys addressing the Tulsa Police Department. 

“When we look at that video, is that not injustice?” said Benjamin Crump. 

Dr. Crutcher called for Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan to fire Sergeant Dave Walker who conducted Tulsa Police's investigation into the shooting. 

They say Shelby shouldn't have received three days before giving a statement to police, and shouldn't have been allowed to watch the video before speaking with him. 

“Would you all get to do that if you were suspected of a crime or a murder?" asked Dr. Crutcher. 

They're also calling for Chief Jordan to fire Betty Shelby after he announced he's reviewing her employment with the department at a Thursday morning press conference. 

“When I saw Betty Shelby running into her car on yesterday what I saw was somebody that was running from justice. Because none of us had a gun and none of us killed anybody," said State Representative Regina Goodwin. 

Terence's sister saying she can't support the claim that Shelby followed the law, and the verdict "Is what it is."

“You know this whole thing about the system has spoken, it is what it is? Remember slavery was legal. I thank God Harriet Tubman didn’t say it is what is," she said. 

The family calling for the city to pay Crutcher's children now being fatherless. 

Terence's daughter addressing the crowd. 

“I want everyone to continue praying for us so we can seek justice for our dad," said Tykiaha Crutcher. 

“Maybe the defense has rested its case, maybe the D.A. has rested their case but we the people, we refuse to rest until justice is done," said Paster Owens. 

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan and Mayor Bynum are expected to release a joint statement addressing the family's concerns Thursday evening.

Sergeant Dave Walker is holding a press conference, 2 Works for You will update this story once it's complete.

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