A Tulsa jury decided after 9 hours, that Betty Shelby did not commit 1st Degree Manslaughter.
She was charged in the death of a motorist who appeared incoherent and not effectively communicating with her, when she came upon him, in North Tulsa.
Tulsa did not riot or threaten retribution. We awaited the judicial process and tonight we heard the verdict.
As I write this, I'm listening to the screams of distraught Tulsans of every color, expressing their outrage with the decision.
What many of them are saying is that cops often get by with doing things that private citizens would go to prison for.
Some believe that the district Attorney, Steve Kunsweiler, overcharged by accusing Shelby of 1st Degree Manslaughter. Many Tulsans believe the narrative that a spooked cop fired reflexively when a taser gun fired within inches of Betty Shelby's ear.
Shelby fired a lethal round within a split second of the taser.
This is the end of a chapter, but I am interested in seeing good come out of this. Tulsa needs to learn. The citizens, the cops, the prosecutors; we all have things we can learn from this to make Tulsa a better home town.