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.
Jurors deliberated for nine hours before acquitting Shelby of manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher. The judge refused to let jurors explain their verdict, and a Fraternal Order of Police official said, “This is not a celebratory moment.”
Prosecutor tells jurors that Betty Shelby acted emotionally when she shot Terence Crutcher, who was unarmed, and got special treatment afterwards because she was a police officer. Defense says Shelby reacted according to her training and the only person who acted emotionally was the district attorney who charged her.
The father of Jordan Edwards argues that former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver used excessive and deadly force and that the police department did not adequately train the officer, who had “a reputation for having a short fuse.”
Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager agreed last week to a civil-rights charge in exchange for avoiding a trial for the shooting death of Walter Scott. Was the state responding to signals from Washington?
Officer Roy Oliver shot and killed Jordan Edwards, 15, as he rode in a car with four other youths last Saturday night. The arrest warrant affidavit says another officer used his gun to break the car’s rear window before Oliver got behind the officer and fired several rounds into the car as it drove past.
A day after a former South Carolina cop pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge for shooting a man in the back, two Baton Rouge cops were cleared in another controversial fatal shooting. A federal prosecutor said of the Louisiana case, “We simply did not have sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that either officer violated the federal criminal civil rights laws.”
The federal decision not to press charges against two white Baton Rouge cops who shot a black man last summer came as a surprise and angered local and state officials. The news was leaked in Washington before even the victim’s family was informed.