Officer Who Killed Unarmed Terence Crutcher Returns to Duty

The jury that acquitted her recommended she never patrol again.

REUTERS

Betty Shelby shot and killed unarmed Terence Crutcher in 2016 after his car broke down. Two years later, she is now actively patrolling as a sheriff's deputy.


Following the trial, in which a jury acquitted Shelby in 40-year-old Crutcher's death, she remained briefly with the Tulsa Police Department. Eventually she resigned and became an unpaid reserve deputy with the Rogers County Sheriff's Department. Now she is a full-time, active deputy.

All twelve jurors of the jury who acquitted Shelby wrote a letter to Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan stating that she should never be a patrol officer again. According to The Frontier, one juror said during an interview, "He said he felt that Shelby 'was a fearful person,' and that the jury agreed someone with that mindset should not be on patrol."

But according to Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton, it's okay because Shelby has at least one Black supporter in her corner.

"Not to make this a black or white or racial deal, but one gentleman, a black gentleman, approached Betty at QuikTrip and struck up a conversation with her and said 'I know who you are and I appreciate what you do,'" Walton told The Frontier. "No reason at all for us not to support her."

Walton said that Shelby is "doing her job and doing a good one."

The case was also expunged from Shelby's record. For employment purposes, it is as if Crutcher never existed at all. Shelby's defense attorney, Shannon McMurray, said the decision will help "to have that smear on her name removed from public view," the Associated Press reported.

Prosecuting attorney Kevin Gray explained during the trial that "Crutcher was never aggressive toward police or actually produced a gun, and that Shelby was merely 'guessing' that he had one."

Her guess cost Crutcher his life.

Police initially lied about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, saying Crutcher approached officers from the side of the road after another officer arrived. Video shows that Crutcher was walking toward officers with his hands up initially. Later as Crutcher appeared to put his hands on the roof of his SUV on the driver's side, one officer fired his Taser, and shortly after, Shelby shot him.

Read more news @ DiversityInc.com

Judge Dismisses Charleston Shooting Lawsuits, Criticizes FBI

Survivors of the shooting sued the government over the failure of an FBI-run background check system to prevent the purchase of the murder weapon.

REUTERS

(Reuters) — A federal judge has dismissed 16 lawsuits filed by survivors of a 2015 mass shooting at a South Carolina church who sued the government over the failure of an FBI-run background check system to prevent the purchase of the murder weapon.

Read More Show Less

Video: Police Stop, Frisk Black Men for Helping Friend with Broken-Down Truck

"While at the gas station waiting for the tow truck we were stopped and frisked because the undercover police officer said we 'looked suspicious,'" said Dmani Brown.

FACEBOOK

Thanks to a viral Facebook video with more than 650,000 page views, an investigation is currently underway into why Dyer, Ind., police stopped and frisked Black men because they pushed a friend's SUV into a BP gas station parking lot.

Read More Show Less

'Baby Daddy’ Father's Day Card Featuring a Black Couple Slammed by Shoppers

American Greetings says it "missed the mark" and Target pulls the card from shelves.

"Baby Daddy" is a term used to refer to a man who is the father of a woman's child whom she did not marry. American Greetings, the world's biggest producer of greeting cards, decided to create cards for Father's Day with a "Baby Daddy" theme and feature a silhouette of a Black man and woman.

Read More Show Less

Mesa PD At It Again: Officers Violently Attack Young Man, Then Taunt Victim at Hospital

"Bless his little heart," an officer mocked after police brutalized a 23-year-old in a hospital.

SCREENGRAB VIA THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

The Mesa Police Department in Arizona has a serious violence issue, as affirmed by two newly released body cam videos.

Read More Show Less

Orlando Rally Marks Second Anniversary of Pulse Shooting

The demonstration, held on the eve of the shooting anniversary, preceded a day of events planned in Orlando commemorating the bloody rampage by Omar Mateen.

REUTERS

(Reuters) — Hundreds of protesters, including survivors from two of Florida's deadliest modern mass shootings, staged a rally in Orlando on Monday to call for tougher firearms restrictions two years after a gunman killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub.

Read More Show Less

#DogWalkingWhileBlack Turns an Innocent Man into a Burglary Suspect

The only thing Ike Iloputaife has in common with the real suspect? Their skin color.

SCREENGRAB VIA ABC10

An unidentified woman snapped a photo of 55-year-old Ike Iloputaife walking his dogs in Vista, Calif.; she claimed she went for the photo-op because he was "a stranger."

Read More Show Less

Cop Fired for Hitting Suspect with Car Was Unemployed for Two Whole Days Thanks to White Privilege

New boss has no regard for the "fleeing felon" who Taylor Saulters intentionally struck with his police cruiser.

Former cop Taylor Saulters had no trouble getting back into the job market after being fired for running over a fleeing Black suspect with his police cruiser. Just two days later, he returned to work as a sheriff's deputy in a neighboring county.

Read More Show Less