October 27, 2017
A white former Oklahoma police officer who was acquitted for shooting an unarmed black man will have her first-degree manslaughter case removed from records.
For Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby, officials felt it was important “to have that smear on her name removed from public view” and that “this crime does not exist for employment application purposes.”
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Shelby was on patrol last year when she encountered a SUB stopped in the middle of the street owned by Terence Crutcher. She testified that she was scared because Crutcher seemed to be under the influence of drugs, didn’t obey commands.
Prosecutors in the case argued the officer overreacted. The patrol car and helicopter video show Terence Crutcher had his hands in the air.
Shelby is now a reserve sheriff’s deputy.