Community leaders sent out the following press release detailing a press conference in opposition to a Tulsa County Sherriff’s Office/CLEET class being taught by Officer Betty Shelby this coming Tuesday, August 28th:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHAT: Community & Religious leaders and Citizens of Tulsa, OK call on Tulsa County Sherriff’s Office to cancel the training course for law enforcement lead by Officer Betty Shelby.
WHEN: Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 from 12p.m. – 1p.m.
WHERE: Civic Center Plaza – Between Tulsa Central Library and Tulsa County Courthouse located at 5th St. and S. Denver Ave.
CONTACT: Pastor Rodney Goss, Morning Star Baptist Church (601) 319-5491
In September of 2016, Officer Better Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher, during a routine traffic stop. Mr. Crutcher was unarmed and had his hands raised in the air when she discharged her weapon. Shelby was charged and tried for manslaughter before being acquitted in May of 2017. A jury of her peers stated that she should never be a patrol officer again. Community members have expressed deep concern over the decision to hire Officer Shelby to train other Tulsa law enforcement officers in how to manage a similar incident. They believe the decision is indicative of a deep disconnect with the community and are calling on the Tulsa County Sherriff’s Office to remove Officer Shelby from the program.