Cop who shot Terrance Crutcher now teaches officers about surviving scandal

Betty Shelby of the Tulsa Police Department. Tulsa Police Department and her victim Terence Crutcher, 40

Shocking news has come out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, about former officer Betty Shelby. Shelby gained infamy after the 2016 murder of the unarmed Terrance Crutcher. Crutcher was waiting on the side of the road after his car broke down and was shot dead by Shelby.

The shooting received national attention as Shelby offered up explanations on why she shot Crutcher that went from a stress moment where she could not hear or comprehend called “auditory exclusion,” to later police saying that he had a vial of drugs in his car and he would not follow commands. In the end, Shelby was charged with manslaughter and later acquitted. She left the Tulsa police after complaining on 60 minutes that she felt there was a lynch mob mentality over her actions.

Now it turns out like many problem cops she just went to a neighboring police department and got another badge, gun and can now go about her extrajudicial executions with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office. But Shelby and the Tulsa police took it up another level with the announcement of a course she is heading for police. In true “Blue Klux Klan” fashion she is going to advise other officers how to shoot an innocent person and survive the outrage, according to the Tulsa Times.

Her course is called “Surviving the Aftermath of a Critical Incident” and she has already taught the course multiple times under the auspices of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado said no one involved in the class is getting paid and that “In this particular instance, she or somebody else (on her behalf) reached out (to us), and we agreed, and we certainly welcome it.”

The troubling aspect of how Shelby will “White-splain” police shootings. Her lawyer, Scott Wood told the media, “the class is [an] instruction to officers on how to plan, fiscally and mentally, for a critical incident similar to the one she was involved in September 2016.”

But don’t ask for training material because a paralegal representative of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training has told media outlets that an exemption in Oklahoma open records law says CLEET “shall keep confidential … teacher lesson plans, tests and other teaching materials.”

Mo Barnes
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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.