Tulsa cop acquitted in shooting death of Terence Crutcher sworn in as reserve deputy
By Jennifer Cruz
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said he is “loud and proud” of having Betty Jo Shelby join the department. (Photo: Rogers County Sheriff’s Office)
Betty Jo Shelby, the former Tulsa police officer who was acquitted in May of manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed motorist who was under the influence of PCP when he stopped his SUV in the middle of the road last year, joined the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office this week as an active reserve deputy.
“Betty Shelby represents years of experience in law enforcement,” the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “She has always dedicated her life to providing assistance to other individuals, and by agreeing to volunteer her time, energy, and resources to the Rogers County community, she is simply demonstrating the continued passion that she has for her chosen profession.”
Maj. Coy Jenkins said he is “confident in her ability to move ahead in her career and provide the support, direction, and guidance that we all need to complete this extraordinary responsibility.”
Sheriff Scott Walton, who has been an outspoken and vocal supporter of Shelby, said the volunteer position could become a full-time position in the future. Although it’s an