Greenwood (North Tulsa)

Shelby Trial; By the Numbers

The Black Wall Street Times is following the trial of Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby for the manslaughter of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man.

The editors compared 2015 U.S. Census records with the arrest records for officers involved in the trial and crime. Arrests of blacks by these officers are, on average, much higher than their relative portion of the population.

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This Master Chart compares Census records to arrests made by officers who testified in Betty Shelby’s manslaughter trial on May 11, 2017

Detective Michael Burgess

 Burgess
 Campbell

Detective Corporal Terrence Campbell

Officer Dan Embrey

 Embrey
 Osborn

Detective Matthew Osborn

Corporal Wyett Poth

 Poth
 David Shelby

Officer David Shelby

(Although he did not testify on Thursday, Shelby witnessed the shooting from the helicopter and is Betty Shelby’s husband. Betty Shelby’s arrest records are no longer publicly available.)

 

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This problem isn’t unique to Tulsa, and it should be part of the discussion during another trial against a another white law enforcement officer for shooting and killing another unarmed black man, especially considering that all officers who have testified so far are white.