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Tulsa officer acquitted in shooting death of unarmed man is returning to force – Chicago Tribune

A white Oklahoma police officer acquitted in an unarmed black man’s shooting death will be back on the force next week, even as jurors who declared her not guilty of manslaughter unanimously agreed she should never return to patrol.

Tulsa police Chief Chuck Jordan issued a one-sentence statement Friday in which he said Betty Jo Shelby is reinstated. It comes a day after black community leaders rallied, urging city leaders to block the 43-year-old officer from getting back her job. She had been on unpaid leave since Sept. 22 when she was charged in the death.

Some leaders were taken aback by Shelby’s quick reinstatement.

“The decision today was obviously a slap in the face, and I think that’s how a lot of the black community feels,” said Anthony Scott, pastor at First Baptist Church North Tulsa. “It’s like pouring salt on a wound.”

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