Officer acquitted in fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher to resign
By Jennifer Cruz
After nearly six years with the force, Betty Jo Shelby will resign from the Tulsa Police Department. (Photo: Tulsa Police Department)
Almost a year after the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, the Tulsa police officer who fired the fatal shots announced her decision to resign from the police department on Friday.
The resignation of Officer Betty Jo Shelby will be effective Aug. 3, according to a press release published by the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police on Shelby’s behalf.
The release, which is a letter penned by Shelby, noted reasons for the decision including the officer’s lack of satisfaction in an administrative role, to which she was moved after the shooting and subsequent acquittal.
“I have found that sitting behind a desk, isolated from all of my fellow officers and the citizens of Tulsa, is just not for me,” Shelby wrote. “I am proud to have had the privilege to call myself a Tulsa Police Officer. It is an honor that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Shelby, who joined the force in 2011, thanked all of those who supported her in the months following Crutcher’s shooting and called her fellow officers the finest in the nation.
“The incident with Terence Crutcher was