Effective August 3, 2017, Betty Jo Shelby will no longer be a member of the Tulsa Police Department.
“I have found that sitting behind a desk, isolated from all of my fellow officers and the citizens of Tulsa, is just not for me,” the statement read in part. Shelby also referred to Crutcher’s killing as “a tragedy for everyone involved” and said she will “pray for healing for his family.”
“I’m feeling that his intent is to do me harm, and I keep thinking, ‘Don’t do this. Please don’t do this. Don’t make this happen,’” Shelby said.
Betty Jo Shelby was placed on unpaid administrative leave after being charged with first-degree manslaughter on September 22, 2016. She was reinstated May 19, 2017. In addition to being reinstated, Corey Jones of the Tulsa Worldestimates Shelby received $36,000 in back pay to offset the time she was on unpaid administrative leave.
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