Tulsa, OK - Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby's attorney announced her resignation after she was taken off of the road and forced to work in 'a tiny cubicle with no windows, doing nothing but pushing paper,' according to NewsOn6.
The Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 93 released a statement from Officer Betty Shelby about her resignation. The letter says:
It is with a heavy heart that I have made the following decision. Effective August 3, 2017, I will resign from the Tulsa Police Department. Since being reinstated, 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.
I am proud to have had the privilege to call myself a Tulsa Police Officer. It is an honor that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I give thanks to all the people in Tulsa, across Oklahoma, in this country, and those around the world who supported me before, during, and since my trial.
I also want to thank all my fellow officers for the moral support they gave me the last 10 months. I could not ask for better friends. I have had the honor of working with the finest officers in the nation.
As I have stated before, the incident with Terence Crutcher was a tragedy for everyone involved, and I am sorry he lost his life.
I pray for healing for his family. I will continue to pray for the unity of our community, the safety of our citizens and our police officers.
Sincerely, Betty Jo Shelby
Officer Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter in May for the September 2016 shooting of Terence Crutcher.
Officer Shelby was charged by District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler just six days after the shooting, despite the investigation just getting started and a homicide detective telling him that there wasn’t enough evidence. Charges were filed before Kunzweiler had the autopsy or investigation report.
During the trial, Officer Shelby’s defense attorney, Shannon McMurray, said that Officer Shelby shot Crutcher because she thought he was reaching into his SUV for a gun. No gun was found in the vehicle. McMurray said, “To somehow imply that she was supposed to see what was in this door panel is absurd. It’s deceitful and you should disregard it.”
Prior to the trial, there had been claims that Crutcher's window was actually closed. During the trial, evidence proved that the window was down and the prosecution had to concede the point and that Crutcher was reaching in at the time he was shot.
In April, Officer Shelby went on CBS’ 60 Minutes and talked about what had happened. She said that she felt “almost any police officer in her position would have acted as she did.’ She also said that race had nothing to do with the shooting.
In the 60 minutes video, Officer Shelby said, “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.”
Based on the circumstances, we also found the shooting to be reasonable.
Shortly after a jury acquitted Officer Shelby, she returned to work where she is apparently not allowed to work patrol.
In a release, the FOP said, "We are disappointed she feels can no longer continue her career as a Tulsa Police Officer, but we know this is the best move for her and her family. We thank her for her service and wish her the best in the future."
We wish Officer Shelby the best of luck in whatever the future holds for her.