The Tulsa Oklahoma police officer who was acquitted in the case of Terence Crutcher is back at work as a patrol officer, The Frontier reported on Monday.
Betty Shelby, 43, quietly returned to work at the Rogers County Sheriff’s Officer a few months ago. She ended up at Rogers County after her departure from the Tulsa Police Department last fall.
Shelby was found not guilty after shooting 40-year-old Crutcher, who was compliant and later found to be unarmed. She testified that she believed Crutcher was reaching through the window of his SUV to grab a weapon. She even went on 60 minutes to blame the father of four for his death saying she “did everything to stop this.”
Following the trial, a juror revealed that despite the acquittal all the jurors agreed that Shelby “should never be a patrol officer again.”
“There was a range of belief there,” the juror told The Frontier. “Some of us thought she would be good behind a desk. She sounded like an excellent diver. I thought she would have made a great EMT.”
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton told the outlet that Shelby had become a full-time deputy and has had no issues on the job.
“She’s doing her job and doing a good one,” he said. “When she came on as a reserve deputy, we talked about when she was ready maybe returning to patrol. She had some commitments she wanted to fulfill first, but she hit that point a few months ago where she was ready.”