Officer Betty Shelby: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Betty Shelby’s mugshot. (Tulsa County Jail)

The Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man whose car broke down in the road on September 16, Betty Jo Shelby, will be charged with first-degree manslaughter, the district attorney says.

The 42-year-old officer fired the single shot that killed Terence Crutcher, 40, in Tulsa, the Associated Press reports.

He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

You can read more about the charge here.

In the affidavit filed in the case, which you can read here, investigators said Shelby told them she “feared for her life,” and thought Crutcher “was going to kill her.”

The investigator wrote that Shelby, “reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation with Mr. Crutcher, who was not responding to verbal commands and was walking away from her with his hands up, becoming emotionally involved to the point that she over reacted. Although Mr. Crutcher was wearing baggy clothes, Officer Shelby was not able to see any weapons or bulges indicating and [sic] weapon was present.”

Tulsa Police said the shooting occurred near 36th Street and Lewis Avenue about 7:30 p.m., KOTV reports.

Crutcher’s SUV had stalled in the middle of the road, and police arrived to check on the situation, according to the news station.

Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Shelby was on the way to another call when she encountered Crutcher and his vehicle. Jordan, who said he is unable to release many details because of open investigation, said Shelby requested backup because she was “not having cooperation” from Crutcher.

The officer who deployed his Taser was named as Tyler Turnbough. He is not facing charges.

First-degree manslaughter is a felony that carries a minimum sentence of four years in prison and a maximum of life.

Shelby turned herself in Friday morning. She was booked into the Tulsa County Jail at 1:11 a.m. and released at 1:23 a.m. after posting $50,000 bond, according to online records.

Here’s what you need to know about the shooting and Shelby:

1. Dashcam & Helicopter Videos Show Crutcher Being Shot Near His SUV by Shelby

You can watch the dashcam video released by police above or by clicking here if the player does not load. The video is graphic. The shooting occurs about the 1:40 mark.

The video shows Terence Crutcher walking toward his SUV with his arms held in the air, as Officer Betty Jo Shelby follows behind him with her gun drawn and a second officer approaches with his Taser drawn. He has his back to her and the other officer. Crutcher appears to lean toward the SUV with Shelby at his side and the other officer behind him. A single shot can then be heard and other officers run toward the SUV.

Crutcher then collapses to the ground and Shelby yells into the radio, “Shots fired!”

The Tulsa Police Department released other videos from the shooting. The first video shows the scene of the shooting from a police helicopter. In the video, one of the helicopter pilots says, Crutcher, “looks like a bad dude … might be on something.” The video is very graphic:

You can watch other videos here.

A pastor who watched dash camera video says Crutcher had his hands “in the air,” before he was shot, the Tulsa World reports.

Pastor Rodney Goss, of the Morning Star Baptist Church, also said the video does not show Crutcher reaching into his vehicle. He said Crutcher was walking toward it.

“His hands were in the air from all views,” Goss told the Tulsa World. “It was not apparent at any angle from any point that he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer.”

Goss added that he did not see a weapon. In the video, one officer can be seen deploying his Taser and the other officer then fires her gun.

“It wasn’t a matter of minutes, it was a matter of moments,” Goss told the newspaper. “As quick as the officer released the Taser from his hand, Terence was falling to the ground having already been shot.”

Goss said it took several moments before anyone checked on Crutcher.

“After having been shot, a couple minutes it appears, but it seemed like a lifetime, went by before anyone actually checked with him as far as pulse — as far as whatever the case may be,” Goss said.

He also expressed concerns about audio recorded after the shooting, in which a man in a police helicopter is heard saying Crutcher looked like “one bad dude,” the newspaper reports.

Police said they wanted to show the video to the family and community first.

“We wanted them to see it before it was released so they wouldn’t be blindsided by it,” Tulsa Police Sergeant Shane Tuell said. “We wanted to be able to have that intimate time with them, with their attorney, to see if they had any questions or concerns.”

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2. Her Attorney Says Shelby Thought Crutcher Was on PCP & Claims He Reached Into the SUV Before He Was Shot

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Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby. (Tulsa Police Department)

Shelby has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

She gave a statement to homicide detectives on Monday, the New York Times reports.

Her attorney, Scott Wood, told the Times that Shelby thought Crutcher had a weapon. He also said Crutcher “had acted erratically, refused to comply with several orders, tried to put his hand in his pocket and reached inside his car window before he was shot.”

Wood told the Tulsa World the incident began about two minutes before the dashcam video started. Shelby was the first officer on the scene, coming upon Crutcher’s broken down SUV, and called for backup. Her dashcam did not record video, according to police. The video begins when backup arrives.

Wood told the newspaper Crutcher was not with his SUV when she arrived, “so she isn’t really sure what’s going on.”

The attorney told the Tulsa World that Crutcher ignored the officer’s commands several times and didn’t answer her questions and reached for his pockets several times despite Shelby telling him not to.

Wood said that Shelby, based on drug-recognition training, believed Crutcher was acting erratically because he was under the influence of PCP.

Tulsa Police told KOKI-TV that a vial of PCP was found in Crutcher’s SUV after the shooting. Autopsy and toxicology results have not yet been released.

Attorneys for Crutcher’s family have said the PCP is not a justification for the shooting. They also argue that Crutcher could not have been reaching into his SUV, because the window was closed.

Wood said Shelby fired her gun at the same time as the other officer deployed his Taser, because they both perceived a threat.

“He has his hands up and is facing the car and looks at Shelby, and his left hand goes through the car window, and that’s when she fired her shot,” Wood said.

Video footage appears to show that the window was not open.

“Every situation is different. Officers are involved in typically fast-moving situations, and officers who choose to use force, base (those decisions) on the situation involved that they are facing,” police spokesperson Jeanne MacKenzie told the AP.

The U.S Justice Department has also launched a parallel civil rights investigation.

“I want to assure our community, and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation who are going to be looking at this, we will achieve justice, period,” Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said at a press conference, adding that the videos are “very disturbing” and “difficult” to watch.

Protesters gathered at the Tulsa County Courthouse on Monday to call for justice, holding signs with phrases including #BlackLivesMatter and “Didn’t have to kill him,” KTUL-TV reports.

Community leaders who watched the video on Sunday expressed shock and outrage about what they saw, but called for a calm reaction when it is made public. Pleas Thompson, the head of the local NAACP, asked for residents to be “level-headed” after seeing the footage, according to the Tulsa World.

“I think the justice system will work here in Tulsa, because we’ve seen it work before,” Thompson said, making a reference to the case of Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates, who was found guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black man last year. He was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this year.

Morning Star Baptist Church Pastor Rodney Goss said he expects public outrage, and said the focus should be on changing things going forward.

“It’s difficult to tell your people that it’s OK because the police department has it under control, when the police department in the eyes of much of the community are the proprietors of such an event,” Goss told the Tulsa World.

“The only thing you can attempt to do is be the voice of reason and put something in place that will help your people vent, and that is safe and in a practical way that will hopefully help them deal with a situation that is very painful for the African-American community. I’m pushing for not only a march or a meeting, I’m pushing for a seat at the table,where we can affect change in the policies and the culture of the police versus the community,” he said.

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3. Her Husband Is Also a Tulsa Cop & Was in the Helicopter at the Time of the Shooting

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Officer Betty Shelby received flowers from citizens after she assisted them following a burglary. (Tulsa Police/Facebook)

Shelby was hired by the Tulsa Police Department in 2011 after working for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office from June 2007 to November 2011, according to the police department.

She resigned from her position to join the Tulsa department.

According to the news station, Shelby wrote in her resignation letter she would be “honored and grateful” to work for the sheriff’s office in the future.

A police spokesman told the Tulsa World that Shelby’s husband, Dave Shelby, who is also a Tulsa police officer, was in the helicopter at the time of the shooting “by happenstance.”

It was not her husband that made the comment about Crutcher being a “bad dude.” The other officer in the helicopter hasn’t been identified.

Shelby’s mother-in-law, Lois Shelby, told the Associated Press that Betty Shelby is grieving for the victim’s family and is not prejudiced.

Lois Shelby told the AP her daughter-in-law, “thought she had to protect her own life,” when she fired the fatal shot.

She added that Betty Shelby has always wanted to be a police officer.

Betty Shelby has declined to comment.

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4. She Has Been Accused of Excessive Force Twice in Her Career

Shelby has been accused of using excessive force twice during her career, KOTV reports.

Both of those complaints were determined to be unfounded, the news station reports. Details of those cases were not immediately available.

Her personnel file also shows that she is a field training officer, meaning she works to train rookie officers.

She has also received four letters of commendation and an Oklahoma meritorious service award, according to KOTV.

Shelby was born in Poteau, Oklahoma, and graduated from Mannford High School in 1992, before studying biology at Northeastern State University, according to personnel files obtained by KJRH-TV.

Shelby was briefly a member of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, from May 2000 to October 2000, as a trainee, but left after injuring her knee.

According to KJRH, she checked yes to the question of whether she’d “ever possessed or used illegal drugs,” on her application for the sheriff’s office, and also checked yes when asked if she had ever had a “victim protection order filed against you, or any action pending.”

She wrote in the job application that she had been involved in two domestic violence cases in her personal life.

The first was in 1993, when she and her former boyfriend damaged each other’s cars during a break-up. Temporary restraining orders were filed to keep them separated, but were later dismissed.

She wrote that in 2002 her ex-husband’s wife filed a protective order against her, claiming she was making harassing phone calls to her. Shelby said in the application that the order was denied when it went to court, “the Judge saw that I was not guilty of the accusations made against me.”

You can read the full application here.

She also says she worked as a teacher’s assistant at a Tulsa school from 2001 to 2002.

In 2004, prior to becoming a police officer, Shelby spoke at a “Pro America Rally” at a Tulsa high school, according to a Tulsa World article from the time.

She led the Pledge of Allegiance, and spoke about her husband, fellow Tulsa Police Officer Dave Shelby, who was deployed to Iraq at the time.

5. Crutcher Was a Father of 4 Children Who Was Studying at a Local Community College



Terence Crutcher was the father of four children, the Washington Post reports. His family says his SUV stalled as he headed home from class at Tulsa Community College, where he had been studying music appreciation.

Crutcher was also involved in his church, including singing in the choir, according to the Tulsa World.

His pastor, Terry Shannon, told the newspaper it was a “blessing and a joy” to be Cructher’s pastor, saying he attended the church “faithfully” with his family for years.

“He sang in the choir,” Terry Shannon said. “He had a beautiful voice.”

His sister and other family members called for murder charges to be filed, and referenced the “bad dude” comment made in the helicopter video, saying Crutcher’s life mattered.

“We are truly devastated, the entire family is devastated,” said Tiffany Crutcher, Terence’s twin sister. “You all want to know who that big bad dude was? That big bad dude was my twin brother. That big bad dude was a father. That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College. … That big bad dude loved God. That big bad dude was at church singing with all his flaws every week. That big bad dude, that’s who he was.”

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  1. The woman is a racist and should fried for murder. If not,, rememberr betty dear, karma is a bitch!!! you and your klan will have to pay for this hateful slaughter
    that you committed!!

    • The big bad dude should have followed commands and none of this would of happened…. plain and simple… you can clearly see in the dash cam video, his hands were down, and he was trying to get in his vehicle… stupid ppl

      • Common, Now all of a sudden you can actually see what no one else sees. REALLY, well I dare you to add shoe polish on your face, put on plenty of clothes to look big and create the same situation. Have your @$$hole pilot in the helicopter saying your a bad dude, make that diagnosis, determination and continue with must be on something. We’ll see how much common sense plays then. You wouldn’t have the B@ll$ to take up the dare.

      • There still is a less lethal choice that could have been made, this cop should have never been a cop, restraining orders, domestic violence, and drug use, excessive force, this was bound to happen.

        • Restraining orders can be filed by anyone agenst anyone even with out evedince or truth. Destroying each other’s cars in a break up even as young adults or teens should be a disquilfer for all public service, government, and teaching jobs. The same as illegal drug use.

      • Oh so putting your hands down and reaching into a vehicle equals death? Bottom line is he didn’t have a gun…period. Who’s the stupid one?

          • So he is a aniaml, if it was you or a family member u would not want them to be call a animal and u would be crying 😭 foul.

          • First things first James Daniel Rogers everyone is a human being including your ancestors who enslaved a race of people and almost exterminated another race of people and declared themselves civilized. Police officers are trained to make these decisions unfortunately she made the wrong choice, and just might have to pay the maximum penalty under the law. If there is any justice in this corrupt country, she will.

        • So, I agree, the cop was in the wrong. Obviously Terence Crutcher’s window was down, and there was no way for her to know he had a gun. But, and this goes for all cops, when you walk up to a car or see someone like this guy “acting sketchy” you don’t know what’s going to happen, and there is no way to know that he doesn’t have a gun. It is easy to judge from the sidelines never being in this position, but these people do risk death every time they go up to the car. Not saying that everyone pulled over is a threat, but that is what they face. The cops that pulled him over didn’t know Terence Crutcher the family man, the Terence Crutcher who went to church with his family. They knew the “bad dude” who is not following commands, who is acting strange or what not, and in their minds they are not safe until he is in cuffs or they assess the situation. (I am using Terence Crutcher as an example for these type of situations, again, I am not justifying the his death in the slightest, I am merely trying to show from the perspective of any cop who may be in a similar situation). Cops are trained for many situations, and it can be argued that their training isn’t comprehensive enough for real world situations like this, but regardless no amount of training will prepare anyone for the possibility that the person in front of them could pull a gun on you, and end your life where you stand. If you were in that situation, as the cop (any cop) in front of a complete stranger who’s you don’t know, and all you know is they are acting strange not listening to you and all of a sudden make even the slightest sudden movement, what would you do?

          • Well, the window was not down and according to her own statement, she cleared the vehicle from the drivers side before approaching Crutcher…also, nobody “pulled him over” he was already “stalled” in the street. Do you know anything about this case before commenting?

            As a LEO, you cannot approach every situation as a threat, potential threat maybe, but not outright threat. This was a stranded motorist call, plain and simple. To treat the citizen that’ sin need of assistance like an automatic criminal goes against the very nature of the job…unbiased and assumed innocent. Should she have used situational awareness? Yes. But not be scared to approach a citizen in need…also, if she felt that nervous, then step back, create distance and time (advantages in this job) and use cover until help arrived to allow an approach with larger numbers. However, she also had her finger on the trigger, which is a tactical “no no”…this wasn’t murder, but certainly was manslaughter. More likely than not, this was a “sympathetic trigger pull” response to the taser being fired. The charge is accurate and she should be held to that since the death IS her fault, but not intentional.

            • Kas- plain and simple? Another article says the police were on their way to another call and ran across him by happenstance. Crutcher must have been mighty uncooperative to STILL be uncooperative when back up and the helicopter arrived. Oh yeah, and the family stated him possessing PCP was no reason to shoot him. I disagree. If the police are telling you to do whatever and you ignore them and walk toward your vehicle, they will probably shoot you. I have read about 10 articles now and I haven’t ran across the one quoted on here where Betty Shelby supposedly clears his vehicle. Just fire all the police and let anarchy reign.

          • Do you know how many cops were killed by guns last year? Forty two. Do you know how many people they killed? Over twelve hundred. Do you know that 71% of cops that were murdered were murdered by white people? Yet they persist with this “I was afraid for my life”. It’s their get out of jail free ticket. The video shows he was not a threat. The video shows the window was UP as were his hands. She made a bullshyt call and probably will not have to take responsibility for it.

          • What commands? How do we know she actually gave him any “commands” other than HER word now, to save her career, livelihood, family, reputation? You are taking her at her word that she actually told him NOT to go to his vehicle. But think about what you are actually seeing IN the various videos. Does he stagger? No. Does he reach into his pockets? No. Does he move unpredictably, swiftly or suddenly? No. We can see from the still shots taken by the helicopter that the windows were rolled up, so we’ve caught her in a lie about “reaching into his vehicle” already. Nothing Mr. Crutcher did in those videos show him acting in a way incongruent with anything other than her “possible orders” to slowly return to his vehicle to retrieve his license/registration. I’ve had more than one occasion where a police officer asked me to return to my vehicle to retrieve my paperwork. It’s more logical to believe when she heard the comments from the helicopter about him being a “bad dude” and heard the deploy of the taser, these things frightened her and she reacted with deadly force. Undue deadly force.

      • Bullshit, it doesn’t matter even if he did, there was no reason a case of a broken down car should’ve escalated to this point in the first place. She tasered the dude, and shot him while he was on the ground. He didn’t have a weapon, and that PCP claim is just character assassination that they’re doing after the fact.

      • I am white, and was personally involved in a vehicle breakdown which caused my head to hit some unknown object in my car, even though I was wearing a seatbelt. I was acting erratically when the police arrived, because of a head injury.

        I shutter to think what the outcome would have been if I were black, and lived in a city that hired police officers with questionable backgrounds. This woman should have not been on the police force at all.

      • Follow commands for what? You talk as if they pulled him over for suspicious behavior or that they got called to the scene b/c of some other random reason. He wasn’t being detained and it wasn’t a traffic stop. Simply put, he needed assistance with his broken vehicle and instead lost his life to trigger happy police officers. She even stated that she meant to use her taser instead of her firearm. Well, those two weapons are similar in only ONE aspect… they both shoot projectiles. That’s it! You’d know if you had a pistol or a taser in your hand, b/c they don’t weigh the same. They don’t have the same safety features. They aren’t stored in the same compartment. She knew what she was doing and now not only is she making excuses but everyone else is too. Also, non-compliance is not a death sentence. I wish you “stupid ppl” would stop using it in defense of police officers who think they are judge and jury.

      • Imagine the big bad dude was a white male….. the police officer is probably a victim of misjudgement…. but she is alive and breathing…. God bless y’all…

      • It’s sad that you really feel that way.Guess it’s nothing to you to shoot someone (who’s unarmed) even when you have backup there.

      • …you see what you want to see. The mans arms where raised the entire time. I heard nothing from the mouth of the officer except “shots fired”

    • I am a 17 year police veteran. I’ve worked in Law enforcement, SWAT, and K9. I’m glad to see you brought race in to the dialogue. There is a picture of Officer Shelby with a black couple that she helped after a robbery. Racist whites don’t take photos with those they claim to hate with a big smile on their face and accept flowers from them. You are the epitome of ignorance, self identified bigot, if you call her racist. Oh wait, I bet you know her on a personal level…know how she was raised and know her thoughts and the depths of her heart. You should be ashamed of yourself. Oh and by the way, karma IS a bitch so you had better watch your step. Hate was not a factor in this shooting and if you can’t see that for yourself then you are blinded by you own Race-tinted glasses.

      • She was, as her attorney says, was ‘scared for her life’. She says that all the windows were down when she originally approached the vehicle. How did they miraculously, roll themselves up? He was shot in in his side, I suppose high on PCP. That is not a death sentence. She was in fear, and needs to be a dispatcher. She didn’t comprehend that the window were most likely never open, and shot out of fear, not police training. There is blood on the drivers window, and now blood in the water.

      • She’s a racist. Sorry if you’re a racist and can’t accept that. there is no other reason than her irrational fear of black ppl for that man to have been shot. If that was a white guy, no way would he have been shot.

      • Very well stated. This case is sad all the way around for the victim, his family, Officer Shelby and her family. We all need to follow orders of the police, if you are arrested and your civil rights are violated, then you can sue. The truth will come out, everyone needs to let it unfold without passing judgement. Prayers for everyone involved and related.

      • On first thought, that means quite a lot. On second thought, it quite possibly means nothing. Were the persons involved in the robbery black? If so, it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch of the imagination that someone who is racist could indeed be happy after that. Because, after all, I was still able to hurt some n*….. “Racist whites don’t take photos with those they claim to hate with a big smile on their face and accept flowers from them.” Sure they could. This isn’t the 20s-30s; most racism is very covert.

        “Hate was not a factor in this shooting and if you can’t see that for yourself then you are blinded by you own Race-tinted glasses.” You can’t prove this either way.

      • OK Anonymous, let’s take race out of it all together. A police office shoots and kills a man who appears to be non-violent, has no weapon and has is hands in the air. The above video shows that within a minute of even getting to the front door of his car he is shot dead. He was stranded in the middle of the road and had not committed a crime, was not wanted, just walking quietly, QUIETLY back to his car and no reason for police to treat him for any offense. The police acted as if they were dealing with an out of control, armed, drugged maniac. For God’s sake, they could have killed the bomber in New Jersey a couple days ago but they chose to shoot him in the leg. And guess what, he didn’t go anywhere after that. AND HE WAS ARMED AND DANGEROUS. This police officer was wrong and in so many ways wrong to shoot and kill that poor man. Nothing about race here. What we have here is man’s inhumanity to man. And this woman should never have had a weapon. At least the prosecutor sees it straight. He charged her with felony manslaughter. May she find peace in prison.

        • Katimir2 – you must not drive a car. Unless my car stalled at a stoplight, I was never unable to pull off to the side of the road. I don’t see any stop lights here. Second, if he was uncooperative long enough for back up cars AND a helicopter to arrive, I’d say he was uncooperative a long time. Crutcher did not call for assistance, Shelby was on her way to another call and happened upon him. Per another article. If you think she made a bad call then that is your opinion, fine. But don’t make this into “man’s inhumanity to man”. Police have to make split second decisions all day long. Perhaps you’d rather not have any police?

          • Well there seem to be plenty of scenarios in different articles in how they ended up in that situation and cars can suddenly stop altogether in the middle of the highway. I’ve been in stalled traffic passing by stalled vehicles. It’s very dangerous without question. How presumptuous of you to assume everyone must be able to pull off to the side of the road when their vehicle stalls. But he didn’t. But he did get himself killed by an officer who should never had a gun. She was totally unqualified mentally to handle this kind of situation even if she was not racist. She was trigger happy and seemed to execute the man when he had already been tased All of those officers could have handled him. Jesus, she acted like he was a charging rhino in the wild and had to shoot it to protect herself. She executed him. There was time to see if he was armed. He never moved in a suspicious manner. She messed up. She screwed it all up for everybody and a man is dead and she’s going to prison. The most important thing is, since you can’t bring him back to life, is that she never have a gun again.

      • Are you threatening this person? You should watch your step. cop or not. IMO there is no evidence that she is prejudice. Question: Was she on patrol by herself? If so, that was a mistake right there. When she shot the guy, back up was right beside her so any excuse of possibly being scared or intimidated seems odd. She did not handle the situation properly when the gentleman was standing with her in front of the patrol car.

        • hello Anonymous I can truly understand why you did not state your name (you would probably be next) I believe what you said to be the truth, in fact I would not be surprised if officers throughout the country have some sort of lottery pool with cash awards to whichever department kills the most minorities and get away with it. Just my opinion, because it is happening so frequently.

        • I know Shelby . She is a sociopath she will make herself the victim as she always does. She has never taken any responsibility for her actions . Her husband David helped her clean up her record before she applied for a job at TCSO. Her whole mindset is “Because I Said So”. She is so above the law she doesn’t have to use her dashcam! Although she has been trained in drug recognition she had to be told that her children were using drugs! She beat her children. She is not a good person . Given her past record she will get off scott free. Because he made her kill him.

      • I agree…as I have stated, and told others to help with context, I believe sympathetic trigger pull AFTER hearing the taser deployment. Any other thought is unreasonable and speculation at best.

    • Based on what…how do you know what you say is true…facts are key…facts are he didn’t obey and did not have his hands up when he was hit…SIMPLE

    • You don’t die if you comply (i.e. Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, Amadou Diallo, Manuel Loggins Jr., Ronald Madison, Kendra James, Sean Bell, Eric Garner)

    • Thelma, if he would have complied to her he wouldnt have been shot. Cant blame her for protecting herself. Put yourself in her shoes. If im told something by the cops im gonna comply period. Makes no difference to me whether the cop is black or white. Yes all lives matter, not just black.

  2. What I Do not Understand is why she did not taser the man first. Think it through and use a taser first. I believe each incident or shooting should be judged by itself. in this case the helicopter pilot is as much to blame for calling the man a,” Bad Dude” when he is 500 feet in the air. The other officers hear this and become prejudical instantaneously. I also think the police in this instance created a crime. The man had car trouble. thirty years ago he would have been helped by the police. To Protect and Serve is to render help in various situations. The never ending, War on Drug’s has turned policing into a monstrosity, whose legality is always in question and justification has no means. As the Left and Right score points America in their culture war, America burns.

  3. Get your facts straight and quit trying to make a horrible situation worse! His car was running, with the door open, in the middle of the road, blocking both lanes of traffic. He was running around shouting to witnesses that his car was ” going to blow”. In addition, it would be hard for him to be “worshipping with his family in church every Sunday for years” when he had just been released from prison in May after serving 10 years. NEITHER of those reasons justify him being shot, much less killed, but get those and other facts straight. You are purposely trying to incite more hate!

    • Its time to stop police cold who kill others because of their race , I hope the Black people of Tulsa arm themselves and meet police violence with equal vengence .

      • Time to stop people who wanna disobey commands when given… he did this to himself…. the fact that his car stalled is Bulls hit bc who puts thier car over a centerline when it stalls . It usually stays in thier own lane or they pull it too the side…. ppl say she should of used the taser… well he should have followed instruction.. plain and simple.. duh

        • Yes, he was wrong for not obeying police commend, but there was no need to shot him dead. There were like three police officer around him, they could have easily taken him down. YOU CAN NOT KILL SOMEONE JUST BECAUSE THEY DISOBEY COMMENDS. It’s obvious you don’t have a common sense. ID10T.

    • having watched the video, i saw NO doors open. NO traffic, No running around, Heard NO shouting, Were you one of the police officers there?

    • And how do you know this for certain? Because I would like to know the facts,maybe there is merit to it,but it’s ironic when whites tell the story of what quite or unquote happened, why does your explanation always coincide with the story that either condemns the person being shot or killed,and that a couple of commands not followed is justification for deadly force! And maybe you should go on the internet and watch much more egregious things done by whites,and they are almost never a victim of police brutality or deadly force,oh and I will wait for you to do some research on this subject matter,and then get back with me……..

    • His car was running and sitting in the middle of the road. This lie is part of the story they’re creating so you’ll find their narrative of unfairness more believable.
      George Soros says Blacks are easy to control. He said he will use Blacks to divide our country. I wonder if he thinks he’s accomplished that.
      Obama, God hasn’t even began to judge you yet. Wait for it.

  4. Well…..I have been vehemently defending this “bad dude” and atually, I still do….though with slightly less enthusiasum. My first ciew was on Morning Joe….Joe being a Republican usually more than happy to condemn “bad dudes” but was defending this fuy based on injtial reports. Come to find out, the guy did have some background issues….his car he left RUNNING & unattended…..sounds like he was likely intoxicated on drugs possibly, too.

    STILL, that does not justify shooting this guy and leaving him to just “bleed out!!!” The taser should have been more than enough….but too, can’t cops shoot to wound or otherwise incapacitate? The guy sounds like a person that is either addicted or just enjoys getting stoned….as do I…..BUT, I never do it driving, kr even in public….preferring the privacy…and safety of my own home and company of friends…..sounds too like he WAS trying to turn his life around…..too late now….

    I do still think she should be permanently relieved and possibly charged with manslaughter……just MHO

  5. If your car brake down as they clame you doont block the road (withno hazard lights, no warning triangle and parked on the doble line!).
    When police officers tell you orders you dont walk back to your car. This is his own fault and all those brothers who goes mental after this is just racist against white, angry, low IQ, easy to manipulate- or all of this!

  6. They teach us you can’t shoot an unarmed person in the back, you can’t shoot a fleeing vehicle, or a fleeing person ……guess the rules don’t apply to the cops

    • “They teach us,” whom? Is that all of the rules that a police officer has on guns? How many cops are murdered for letting someone put their hands in their pockets, or for reaching into their car? And he did both, plus disobeyed orders.

      • Cheryle, Please shut up. You sound foolish… when did you see him reaching into his car? It is ppl like you that make it hard for these cops to be held accountable. It is ppl like you that are jurors in these cases.

  7. It’s always strange when the media , reports “the suspect died from his or her wounds at the hospital”that brother in Oklahoma died at the scene of the crime , you could see from the wound it was a fatal shot to center mass, we reap what we sow

  8. Yes, common sense… what a officer is commanding and no problem….don’t do it and you are putting your life in danger….Maybe a black officer should respond to a black person needing help and a white person responding to a white person needing help…..when she seen a black person needing help just keep on going if you are a white officer. Would he had listened to a black officer commanding him to do something Maybe Tulsa people or people all over need to say send a white officer or send a black officer….

  9. This officer shot and killed a man without provocation. There were at least 4 officers with guns drawn on him. He may not have followed verbal instructions (video doesn’t show), but he was in no way threatening. If women cops are so scared, or any cops are so scared, get them off the streets. This is not justifiable in any way and I am a big supporter of the police and appreciate what most do every day. But to be so scared as a police officer that you shoot down a man as shown in the video is criminal.

  10. Guy was drugged up, walking slow, not following commands…..Just Taser him, use the taser…there were several other cops in the area….You tase, he goes down, you bum rush him…you secure him, not saying its easy…but nobody can withstand a tase….he gets up tase him again….you had mega backup there…if something goes wrong there is another officer there…wth?

    • It seems unclear if a taser was used initially and was ineffective. A cop pundit on the boob tube stated that a person’s clothing can at times interfere with the taser’s effectiveness to incapacitate. A couple of big burly cops rushed to her aid as back up and basically stood there, while the female officer blew him away. Yeah, the victim acted incoherent but not threatening and the cops did not handle the situation well.

  11. Why does everyone keep saying that disobedience lead to this? A multitude of laws exists for such situations, many of which do not lead to death.

  12. I can’t believe she actually checked yes to the illegal drugs question and then got hired AT THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. My future is brighter than I thought lmao.

  13. Tom Cleary, his car was running and in the middle of the street. More errors are likely since you missed this important fact. I won’t read the rest.
    The prosecutor filed these rash charges out of fear, not for justice. Black Lives Matter is a construct of George Soros. You can fact check that. It is designed to divide our nation. Is it working?

    • That is what I initially heard AND he thought his vehicle was about to explode. Decided to stop in middle of road, leave vehicle running AND THEN walk back to his perceived threat against police orders????

  14. Both officers should be charged…this policeman named “Tyler” is just as guilty in this whole affair (maybe not as serious as murder)
    The justication of a small sentence ..up to four years in jail is INSANE..lost of a job and pension should also be included (for both)

  15. This was not a police officer this is another RACE SOLDIER. I DONOT condone violence of any kind but until we see white kids murderered by law enforcement ,white fathers and white mothers murdered we will not see change. The race war is not coming is already here and until death is the reciprocated nothing will change.


    • I’m sorry. You were internet yelling so loudly that I couldn’t hear you. Did you say you are a “donut advocate”? Delicious.

  17. I had few conversations with Betty Shelby about a year back and I can tell you she is a racist unlucky for her its on tape wait and fear betty

    • Oh please prove yourself. Send them to News9 or whatever they have up in Quiktripville. News on 6? Or are you not really from Oklahoma?

  18. I think there was a false report made or did i read it wrong?
    “Officer Shelby’s lawyer, Scott Wood, said the officer had thought that Mr. Crutcher had a weapon. Mr. Wood said Mr. Crutcher had acted erratically, refused to comply with several orders, tried to put his hand in his pocket and reached inside his car window before he was shot.”

  19. Yes, he had his hands in the air! But then he walked away from the Police and leaned in his car.
    Why did he walk away from Police if he hadn’t done anything wrong?

  20. Yes, he had his hands in the air! But then he walked away from the Police and leaned in his car.
    Why did he walk away from Police if he hadn’t done anything wrong?


    WOW, I can’t believe I read this under these comments, I don’t agree with all these shootings of any Race!
    People of every Race, have screwed up individuals that mess it up for all others (of there Race) Officers are just people doing a Very Tough Job.
    Your Protest across America Don’t really help, they just cause more Divide.
    Looting or doing Damage to whats not yours is just Wrong and Protest don’t give anybody the Right to do Wrong.
    Become part of the Solution. Stop being Stupid.
    It’s not about Race when people walk away or Run from the Police and threaten the public & have Drugs or Guns on them, Police have to take action.

    I Don’t agree with the Shoot to Kill and that Needs to Change Right Away with All Police!

  21. Do I think she’s a racist? Not necessarily. Do I consider myself racist? Not in the least. Has a large black man, as a little white chick, made me feel nervous? Yes. I think a lot of that is subconscious BS that has been fed to suburban white people for the last five decades.

    On the other hand, this woman had a gun. She knew she had more power over the victim due solely to the fact that she had a GUN. She also had plenty of backup. If he was on PCP (which I doubt because he was supposedly coming from class), there were officers RIGHT there with her to shoot him if he attacked her.

    I think she made an absolutely horrible judgement call, but I don’t think she shot him out of conscious and recognized racism.

    She will probably be convicted because of the irony of not letting a female officer walk away without punishment. Not that she doesn’t deserve it.

  22. I’m going to make this simple and to the point…The officer clearly ESCALATED a car an apparent car breakdown to man slaughter. The police at the scene clearly did not allow time for the effects of the taser to work before that fatal shot was fired. Back up had arrived and the now victim was down with NO VISIBLE WEAPON and at that point was no threat….at that point those 4+ POLICE OFFICERS (backup has arrived at that point) could have hand cuffed him and placed him into the police car for questioning BUT INSTEAD the officer makes a poor decision (careful choice of words). Due to her inability to DEESCALATE the situation and fatal shooting the citizen the officer must face consequences.

  23. She was the wrong person in the wrong situation; however, it isn’t a good idea to take any type of attitude when the other person has a gun. My experience is that cops appreciate it when you do cooperate. At least there will be an investigation/trial to get the facts of what exactly happened.

  24. Should she have been carrying a gun, given authority and put in that situation? Probably not. It is a good idea to have any type of attitude when the other person has a gun? Definitely not.

  25. I don’t know how you determined she was a racist . She was just not fit for a job where you have to deal with ” big bad dudes ” like that on a daily basis … She got scared and over reacted . This woman should never have been a police and should never have been allowed to carry a gun . I certainly don’t think she said ” today I am gonna try to kill me a black man ” This woman just overreacted , resulting in the death of an innocent and unarmed man . I think she is already getting off pretty light, she was only in jail for 20 minutes before she posted bail , and she will probably be found not guilty … I have no faith in this justice system . Had that been anybody else , she wouldn’t have had a 50 k bond , she would have had a 1 million dollar bond or no bond at all . They probably would have charged her with murder , rather than manslaughter . I seen a very similar situation happen here in pa , but it was a white female officer vs an un armed white male . The newspaper mentioned the officers race , but withheld the ” suspect/ victim “. This officer was found not guilty , even though she clearly was guilty . They used the same defense The ” suspect ” was moving his arm around and putting his hands in his pocket ( allegedly , because the cops use that lie all the time as an excuse to do a warrantless and often times illegal search ) She tased him and because of being tased the man was consulting and then she shot and murdered him . So , I have a feeling it will be a similar result in this case . Seems like police are given special treatment when they are involved in crimes . She should have been charged with murder and given a 1 million dollar bond or no bond , just like they do with everybody who is not a cop . No , I don’t think she was racist , but you never know , I think she was reckless and improperly trained or did not remember her training under real pressure .. She got scared , the guy was pretty big , and overreacted ., I’m trying to give this woman the Benifit of the doubt , but while I’m typing this out thinking about the situation it is really difficult to excuse it . After all her partner already deployed his taser and the victim was going down .. Really there is no excuse , this woman should never have been a cop , and what is worse is that she actually trains rookies . She needed to be trained over again , not training rookies . What a joke !

  26. She is innocent until proven guilty. I see no evidence of any racism. Some of the posters here are the most ignorant people ever. Her decision to shoot him needs to be explained. I think she made a really bad call and will probably be found guilty. Most police dept’s train for these circumstances.

  27. If I thought my vehicle was on fire or about to explode; I doubt I would stop in the middle of a 2 lane road, leave my vehicle running AND return to the threat against police commands.

    Do not have resources to play the helo video in slow motion or to zoom but here are some of my observations:
    19:44:40 See White lane line reflected in windows EXCEPT driver window
    19:44:43 Stance appears as if he is reaching inside
    19:44:46 Appears as if Left hand/arm are inside
    Immediately before and at time of shooting, cannot see arms raised.

    • If you review the footage from the helicopter video, you’ll notice the windows were raised all the way. She cleared the car herself PRIOR to his returning to the vehicle, so she knew he did not have a weapon on his person or in the vehicle AND those windows were raised.

      Since she herself stated that SHE cleared him and the vehicle of weapons beforehand, the only logical conclusion is that she instructed him to return to his vehicle to retrieve his license and registration, but at some point un-holstered her weapon, out of fear.

      However when backup arrived and whatever comments transpired between herself and the other officer, which were obfuscated from due to the radio playing loudly over any outside sounds, combined with the comments from the helicopter of him looking like a “bad dude” coming from her earpiece or walkie, and hearing the initial deploy of the taser all combined may have made her shoot out of fear. She’s already given at least two testimonies which have been found to be false.

      I refuse to “take her word” that she gave him orders to move AWAY from the vehicle. He looks like he’s complying to GO TOWARDS the vehicle.

      Did you notice Mr. Crutcher staggering around as though he were inebriated, high or otherwise “under the influence? No.
      Did you notice Mr. Crutcher moving erratically, suddenly or suspiciously. No.
      Did you notice Mr. Crutcher reaching into his pockets from the video? No.

      Mr. Crutcher seemed to be moving in a fashion consistent with a “very likely previously” instructed motion of slowly towards his car?

  28. in this case i think she allowed fear to overwhelm her judgement. Sadly she shot to kill and then no one gave assistance ti this man. The big bad dude was just a very poor choice of words, he was a imposing figure but the other words were truly not really known, and never will. The officer was unaware of her fellow officers which in its self a huge mistake!!

  29. What I don’t understand is why we can here her scream shots fired but not hear her yelling at him to obey? It seems she said nothing to him, just followed and shot.

  30. Bunch of things missing from this. The vehicle was running blocking both lanes of traffic. He approached one of the 911 callers and wasn’t cohesive and said “It’s gonna blow” several times. Caller said he was “On something” and is public record. Also one witness said the window was 2/3rds down and another said 1/3 up. Much more to this including a criminal history that would make any LEO on edge.

  31. You know you do have racist cops they may be Black (Self Hate), White, Asian(Self Hat), or Mexican(Self Hate). This happens all over the world what with people who are minorities it happens in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, North America and Australia. Jewish people were the minority in Germany. It it happen in Rwandan to Tutsi. The Serbs targeted Bosniak and Croatian civilians in areas under their control in a campaign of ethnic cleansing. The war in Bosnia claimed the lives of an estimated 100,000 people.

    For hundreds of years a mixture of colonial conflict, disease, specific atrocities and policies of discrimination has devastated the Native American population. In the course of this time, it is estimated that over nine million Natives died from violent conflict or disease. For too long this history has been under-recognized and too little discussed.
    Today there are over 500 Native American tribes in the United States, each with a distinct culture, way of life and history. Even today, Native Americans face large challenges to cope with the disadvantages history has left them and ongoing cases of discrimination.

    This been happening the only difference is technology has brought this into the for front of society for debate.

  32. This is what I know thus far.
    He was out on parole, served 9 years on a 10 year sentence for drug trafficking. Had 5 active warrants (to include drug trafficking, DUI, and resisting an officer) out for his arrest since his release, he was a busy man, that’s a lot to accomplish in three months. He was headed back to prison after this incident had he obeyed commands or survived. Listening to the 911 calls indicate that the vehicle was running, not broken down, and that he was running around erratically. One 911 caller, a woman, was scared by his behavior and drove off.
    Unfortunately, this man’s life was ended abruptly as a direct result of his past actions (didn’t learn from his past mistakes) and his erratic (for whatever reason) behavior that night. My sympathies and condolences to his friends and family. It’s a shame he won’t have the chance to turn his life around and to right those wrongs. :'(
    And, unfortunately for this officer her life and family’s life has also been forever changed. This will always be on her conscience, she has lost her career and she will do time. The courts will determine that.

    There’s not enough money in the world to make me want to be a police officer!

    I’m waiting on the toxicology reports.

    Thank you for this blog post with links to all of the videos and facts. The news media doesn’t give us all of the info all of the time. That’s all I am interested in, facts and where I can see them, opinions don’t influence me and to be honest, I don’t even read them.

  33. These comments kill me, people calling the Officer racist, and should never be a cop, well are you a cop? have you ever went one on one with someone on narcotics? According to reports she gave verbal commands that this guy did not comply with, Why did he not comply? To the idiots stating he didn’t have a gun and there was no gun found in vehicle, you are correct, it was determined after the incident that there was no gun, how was the officers involved supposed to know he did not have a gun, there is no way they could have known that. Anyone in their right mind would comply and do as told by an officer, this guy didn’t instead he walked back to his vehicle and at the point he dropped his hands in a manner that was perceived as him attempting to reach in or to get into his car is when he was shot. Anyone that has worked as a police officer knows you do not let them get into their vehicle after being non compliant. Many officers have lost there life in that type situation. People its not hard, if a cop tells you to stop then stop, if they tell you to get down then get down your average citizen does this without incident, if you choose to not comply with verbal commands then your choosing your own path that the incident is gonna go. I hate that someone lost their life, but I also hate that a good officer is going to lose their career, even if she is found not guilty her career is over, just like Darren Wilson in Ferguson, he did the right thing but due to media and these idiots in BLM group he will never work a day in his career choice again. I stand with Officer Shelby and will assist her defense fun in anyway I can, because BLUE LIVES MATTER just as ALL LIVES

  34. So many people are finding excuses for this cop. The mans arms are clearly up. How do we know she gave orders he didn’t comply with? There have been too many instances of cops claiming things inaccurately to shield themselves from blame. Thank God for video… Thank God

  35. They keep saying hr died at the hospital that’s a lie that man died right there in the middle of the road by himself. That bitch deserves more than 4yrs min. Cuz that’s how its gonna go.