Tulsa, OK - Terence Crutcher's family just will not stop. Now, they are saying that Officer Betty Shelby got away with murder after she was acquitted this week, and they have demanded that the mayor and Tulsa police chief fire Sergeant Dave Walker, their lead homicide sergeant.
They claim that Sergeant Walker gave Officer Shelby special treatment, according to Newson6.
At a press conference, Tiffany Crutcher said "Chief Jordan and Mayor Bynum, I'm calling for you to right now terminate Sergeant Dave Walker. We're calling for the termination of Sergeant Dave Walker right now."
On Thursday, May 18, Sergeant Walker spoke up, 'saying he could no longer sit back.' He said that he was tired of being "attacked" and called a press conference that afternoon, according to TulsaWorld. He has been a Tulsa police officer for 35 years.
Sergeant Walker said that he testified at Officer Shelby's trial that he had Officer Shelby and her attorney watch the dashcam and the helicopter video of the incident before he did a taped interview with her. The Crutcher family have a problem with that, and said that he treated her differently.
In response, Sergeant Walker said "That deserved a response. I can no longer, and will no longer, sit back and let you kick us down the road."
He said that he was following policy, and that 'it's not typical to watch a video of the incident, before getting their statement but that the circumstances were different in this case."
He said, "Preferential treatment to a murder suspect that's coming in here and denying the fact that they killed somebody? It's not the case here." Sergeant Walker firmly denied that there was any cover-up of any kind.
Sergeant Walker said that he knows the Walker family is hurting but that their demands are not helping. "I agree with a lot of things the Crutcher family said. We do need to change, there has to be a change, but go do it. Don't talk about it, go do it," he said.
In a statement, District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said that he has "great respect" for Sergeant Walker, who has done an "exemplary" job. He said that he "leads" a homicide squad that has one of the highest clearance rates in the nation. DA Kunzweiler said, “I adamantly disagree with any call for his resignation."
Police Chief Chuck Jordan said in a statement that Sergeant Walker is a "highly respected" investigator and supervisor. He said that he has “never been accused of malfeasance or a violation of ethics.” He also said that he would like to hear about any concerns that Tulsa citizens may have.
During Officer Shelby's trial, Sergeant Walker testified that "he disagreed with and even felt disrespected" by the DA's decision to charge Officer Shelby without waiting for an investigation.
Court documents state that Sergeant Walker told Kunzweiler that he had filed an unwinnable case, and that there was no probable cause to charge Officer Shelby, let alone secure a conviction.
Kunzweiler contends that he didn’t need the reports or evidence, and he did enough by visiting the scene, speaking to witnesses, the medical examiner, and Sergeant Walker. He filed charges less than a week after the shooting
Sergeant Walker said that he has "no intention of retiring or resigning."