Police Officer in Tulsa Acquitted in Fatal OIS-Family Blames Tulsa Homicide SGT

Last September Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher.  This after Crutcher refused to follow officer Shelby’s command to not reach into his stopped SUV.

The District Attorney charged the officer who was subsequently acquitted at trial.  OK, that’s how the system works.  But wait…there’s more.

The Crutcher family immediately demanded the firing of Tulsa Homicide SGT Dave Walker.  Stating that he conducted a slanted and unfair investigation.tulsa

SGT Walker, you may recall, is often featured on the A&E series “The First 48.”  He’s been a cop over 35 years and has no disciplinary record.

Walker told the District Attorney not to file the charges due to a lack of evidence.  The DA, disregarding Walker’s advise, charged Officer Shelby.  Never mind that Crutcher was wacked out on PCP.  Never mind that Crutcher has a long and violent record and several stretches in the confines of the OK Department of Corrections.  Never mind that the officer thought he was returning to his car to retrieve a weapon and, one more thing…that’s right all he had to do was follow the officer’s orders and everyone would have gone home safe and sound.

Now the Crutcher family wants SGT Walker fired.

Ain’t gonna happen.  May all involved find peace.



About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.
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