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Oklahoma Officer Cleared in Crutcher Shooting Resigns

July 14, 2017  | 

Officer Betty Shelby of the Tulsa Police Department has resigned. Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher. (Photo: Tulsa PD)
Officer Betty Shelby of the Tulsa Police Department has resigned. Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher. (Photo: Tulsa PD)

An Oklahoma police officer recently acquitted of fatally shooting an unarmed man announced Friday that she has submitted her resignation from the police force.

In a statement, Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby said that her desk job has made her feel isolated from her colleagues.

A jury in May acquitted Shelby of manslaughter in the killing of Terence Crutcher last year.

Crutcher was unarmed, but Shelby said she thought he was reaching into his vehicle for a weapon.

Attorney Shannon McMurray said Shelby has submitted a resignation letter to the department, effective Aug. 3, CBS News reports.

Crutcher's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in June against Shelby and the city of Tulsa. The suit seeks at least $75,000 in damages and calls for widespread reform in the Tulsa police department, including mandatory training for officers on managing suspects with mental health or substance abuse issues.


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GreyBear @ 7/17/2017 9:13 AM

"mandatory training for officers on managing suspects with mental health or substance abuse issues." Good idea...how about the family pay for it out of whatever monies the Tulsa PD's insurance company is sure to hand them out of fear? All this mandatory training that has been put in place the last few years is great, except the 'big thinkers' never seem to include any funding for it.

tedb @ 7/19/2017 12:32 PM

Sorry, but I'm not a therapist or a substance abuse counselor. You have a gun in your hand and don't drop it when told to do so, you are dead! My life is worth more to me than yours is and I don't give a damn what personal demons you are carrying. I only rely on what is presented before me at the time of the event and don't have time to check put your history of drug addiction or nut job issues.

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