Officer Acquitted Of Shooting Unarmed Black Man Hired As Reserve Sheriff's Deputy

Betty Shelby, the former Tulsa police officer who was acquitted in May of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher, was hired as a reserve Sheriff's deputy in Rogers County, Oklahoma. (Photo credit: mugshot/public domain)

Betty Shelby, the former Tulsa police officer who was acquitted in May of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher, was hired as a reserve Sheriff's deputy in Rogers County, Oklahoma according to KTLA .

She was sworn in to her position less than a year after Crutcher’s death. Shelby shot and killed Crutcher in September 2016, saying she was fearful for her life after he did not comply with her commands. She resigned from the Tulsa Police Department several months after her acquittal.

Shelby’s presence in the sheriff’s office will “bring a lot to the table,” Sheriff Scott Walton told reporters during a news conference on Thursday. She has 10 years of experience in law enforcement, Walton said.

Sheriff Scott Walton said the position is unpaid and she will be utilized as the schedules permits.

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