Betty Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher, the unarmed Black man she shot and killed in September 2016. She was not dismissed from the Tulsa Police Department, which employed her at the time. She faced no real repercussions. When she did ultimately resign, it was because she found sitting at a desk, “isolated” her from her team, “just wasn’t for her.”
Just weeks after her resignation, Shelby’s been sworn in as a reserve deputy. “Today, we welcome as a Rogers County Deputy, Betty Shelby to the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Scott Walton said at a news conference on Thursday. It’s enough to make you want to fight someone.
For the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, the swearing in of Shelby was a “no-brainer.” Shelby, who made it through an interview and background check, said she’s “honored” to have been chosen to join the department.
“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,” she said. “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.”
“The only demand that she had of us that she would be vetted out like any other person that was hired,”Walton stated. “This girl has been tried and tested more than any of us in this room.”
Girl. Tried. Tested.
“We the People Oklahoma” has since released a statement stating Shelby “is unfit to be a police officer, which was also the recommendation of the jury that acquitted her on manslaughter charges.” Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan declined to respond when approached by Oklahoma News 9.
Crutcher’s family has reportedly yet to comment.