Betty Shelby is back on the streets working for the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma after killing an unarmed black father, Terence Crutcher, in September 2016 near Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Shelby, who is white, fatally shot Crutcher, who had his hands up on live TV.
Shelby testified that she believed Crutcher was reaching into his SUV for a weapon, which was not true.
She told “60 Minutes” in April 2017 that Crutcher was responsible for his death even though she killed him:
I have sorrow that this happened, that this man lost his life but he caused the situation to occur. So in the end, he caused his own.
Shelby also blamed Crutcher for his own death during her trial in May 2017:
I did everything I could to stop this. Crutcher’s death is his fault.
Shelby was acquitted by a jury, but one juror told The Frontier that all the jurors agreed that Shelby “should never be a patrol officer again.”
Shelby stayed with the Tulsa Police Department, which did not allow her to go on patrol.
She quit, and joined Rogers County Sheriff’s Office as an unpaid reserve deputy in the fall of 2017.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton praised Shelby in a recent interview with The Frontier:
She’s doing her job and doing a good one. When she came on as a reserve deputy, we talked about when she was ready maybe returning to patrol. She had some commitments she wanted to fulfill first, but she hit that point a few months ago where she was ready.
Walton said he has received support for hiring Shelby from the community in Rogers County:
Not to make this a black or white or racial deal, but one gentleman, a black gentleman, approached Betty at QuikTrip and struck up a conversation with her and said “I know who you are and I appreciate what you do.” No reason at all for us not to support her.
In June 2017, Walton was recorded cursing at Tulsa Police Officer Craig Heatherly, reported KOTV.
Crutcher’s family has filed a lawsuit over his death.