Acquitted ex-Tulsa officer volunteers at sheriff's office


The former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was sworn in on Thursday as a reserve deputy in a nearby county.

Betty Shelby, who retired from the Tulsa Police Department after she was assigned to work a desk job, has been hired as a volunteer reserve deputy.

Shelby was sworn in as a reserve deputy at a news conference Thursday at the Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore.

Shelby announced her resignation on July 14, less than two months, after going back to work following her acquittal of manslaughter in the shooting death of Terrence Crutcher.

On the day Shelby was reinstated, the foreman of the jury that acquitted her said in a court filing that if Shelby had thought to use her stun gun before Crutcher reached his SUV, the decision "could have saved his life". Crutcher did not have a gun.

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Following the swearing in, Shelby gave a brief statement saying she is happy to be a deputy and looks forward to fulfilling the mission of the Sheriff's Office.

Shelby is the 31st member of the reserve program, said RCSO Maj.

He noted that Shelby had received nationwide attention, and that she was able to help officers by sharing her story about her experience with Crutcher.

Ex-Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby was acquitted in Terence Crutcher's shooting death.


Shelby resigned from the department on August 3. The lawsuit 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. "It's bringing in somebody with a passion for law enforcement".