Tulsa Officer Acquitted Of Killing Terence Crutcher Has Become A Sheriff's Reserve Deputy
Shelby, who had been put on desk duty, will again have her gun.
August 10, 2017 at 8:30 pm
According to Tulsa World, former Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was sworn in this week as a Rogers County reserve deputy.
Does that name sound familiar?
Shelby shot and killed an unarmed black motorist, Terence Crutcher, in September 2016.
Though she was charged with first-degree manslaughter, Shelby was found not guilty in May. Shelby killed Crutcher because she believed he had a gun. He did not have any weapons on him.
Shelby had been placed on paid leave during the investigation and trial. After being cleared of any wrongdoing, she was welcomed back to the department, albeit at a desk job.
However, Shelby turned in her resignation in July, claiming that she was better suited to field work than to paperwork, and that she wanted to find a job where she could again patrol the streets.
Now, Shelby has found that job.
The news was announced officially today at the Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore. As a reserve deputy, Shelby will have both badge and gun again.
Sheriff Scott Walton did not reveal Shelby's new position prior to the news of her joining the force, but later it was reported by KWTV News 9 that Shelby will be a member of the reserve program.
"I would like to thank Sheriff Walton for giving me this opportunity to continue being active in the profession I've dedicated my life to," said Shelby at the swearing in ceremony. "As a reserve deputy for the Rogers County Sheriff's Office, I will continue to serve the great state of Oklahoma and strive to improve the relationships between law enforcement agencies and our community through education and community involvement."