Tulsa PD Officer Betty Shelby

Betty Shelby (Tulsa, Okla., County Jail)

The weekend after Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed black motorist Terence Crutcher, people gathered for rallies in Oklahoma City on two separate days to say “Black Lives Matter.”

From my post on The Root:

One group marched through downtown Oklahoma City on Saturday, and another gathered outside Oklahoma City Police Headquarters Sunday, Fox 25 reports, and both groups said they were following calls to action after the controversial trial came to an end on Wednesday.

“We’re hoping to avoid or prevent an instance of the tragedy that occurred [in Tulsa] with the loss of life of Mr. Terence Crutcher,” Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson told Fox 25. “We’re trying to make sure that no other children go without their parent, that parents aren’t having to bury their children— their sons and their daughters—and that communities aren’t trying to figure out how to heal.”

Read After Betty Shelby Verdict, People Gather in OKC to Say ‘Black Lives Matter’ on The Root