Why Charges Against Officer Betty Shelby Aren’t Based On Facts

Why Charges Against Officer Betty Shelby Aren't Based On Facts

Why Charges Against Officer Betty Shelby Aren’t Based On Facts

Why Charges Against Officer Betty Shelby Aren’t Based On Facts

One of our followers sent us information on a rally to support Officer Betty Shelby. If you are in the Tulsa area, please respond and show your support.

The following information is a community submission to Blue Lives Matter and may not reflect our opinion:

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler has charged Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.

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First and foremost:  Mr. Crutcher’s death is a very sad tragedy.  Our hearts truly go out to his family members as they mourn the loss of his life, and we pray that his soul is in Heaven.

Please understand:  This is not about race, and it is not about our black citizens and our law-enforcement community being at odds with each other.  This is also not about whether or not Mr. Crutcher’s hands were in the air most of the time, whether or not he had a gun, whether or not there were drugs in his vehicle or his body, or whether or not Officer Shelby had a taser or knew that another officer had one ready to use.

This is about whether or not Officer Shelby believed that her safety or life was in danger when she shot Mr. Crutcher with her gun.  That is the only issue because that is the standard for our law-enforcement community for using deadly force.

Mr. Kunzweiler himself acknowledges, through his chief investigator’s affidavit, that Mr. Crutcher “was mumbling to himself and would not answer any of Officer Shelby’s questions” and “kept putting his hands in his pockets” while “Officer Shelby kept telling him to show his hands”, that Mr. Crutcher, who “was wearing baggy clothing”, then “began walking towards the abandoned vehicle” while “not responding to any of Officer Shelby’s commands to stop” as “she […] pulled her duty weapon in the ready position and follow[ed] him to the vehicle” while “repeatedly” “yelling for him to stop and get on his knees”, and that Mr. Crutcher “continue[d] on [to] the driver’s side front door” and “reache[d] in the driver’s side front window” as another officer “fire[d] his [t]aser” while “Officer Shelby fire[d] one shot from her duty weapon” because “she was in fear of her life and thought that Mr. Crutcher was going to kill her”.

That is the definition of justified use of deadly force by a law-enforcement officer.  If you want to see what can happen when a law-enforcement officer is confronted with exactly that scenario and does not respond in exactly that way, go to YouTube on the Internet, search for the name “Dinkheller”, and watch the very-disturbing dash-cam video.

Mr. Kunzweiler alleges, through his chief investigator’s affidavit, that Officer Shelby “reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation” and “bec[a]m[e] emotionally involved to the point that she over[-]reacted”.  It was not Officer Shelby who escalated the situation, and to say that she became emotionally involved and that she overreacted is despicable.  Mr. Kunzweiler:  Shame on you for saying such a disgraceful thing.  Shame on you for rushing to file a charge based only on your office’s “investigation” without even having the toxicology report.  Shame on you for playing politics and cowardly bowing to national pressure.

By filing this charge against Officer Shelby, Mr. Kunzweiler is saying that it no longer matters whether or not our law-enforcement officers fear for their safeties or their lives.  If Officer Shelby is convicted of this, then the law-enforcement officers who protect us from murderers and robbers and rapists can no longer use their guns without fearing that we will put them in prison.  That is the reality; that is not being overly-dramatic.  Is that the city – or the nation – in which we want to live?

Charges Against Officer Betty Shelby

Tulsa County District Court – CF-2016-5138 – State of Oklahoma vs. Betty Jo Shelby

BETTY JO SHELBY, on or about 9/16/2016, in Tulsa County, State of Oklahoma […], did commit the crime of MANSLAUGHTER – FIRST DEGREE […], a Felony[.]

The Defendant Betty Jo Shelby, a Tulsa Police Officer[,] encountered Terence Tafford Crutcher in the vicinity of 2300 East 36th Street North in the City and County of Tulsa[,] Oklahoma, and[:]

based upon Terence Tafford Crutcher’s non-compliant actions and behavior, the Defendant’s fear resulted in her unreasonable actions which led her to shooting Terence Tafford Crutcher with a handgun[,] which thereby caused his death[,]

and/or[,] in the alternative:

based upon Terence Tafford Crutcher’s refusal to comply with her lawful orders, the Defendant unlawfully and unnecessarily shot Terrence Tafford Crutcher with her handgun[,] which thereby caused his death.

The Law

Oklahoma Statutes, Title 21, Section 711 – First-Degree Manslaughter

Homicide is manslaughter in the first degree in the following cases:

  1. […].
  1. When perpetrated without a design to effect death, and in a heat of passion, but in a cruel and unusual manner, or by means of a dangerous weapon; unless it is committed under such circumstances as constitute excusable or justifiable homicide.

3. When perpetrated unnecessarily either while resisting an attempt by the person killed to commit a crime, or after such attempt shall have failed.

Gathering of Law Enforcement Officers In Solidarity

Location: Hunter Park, 5804 E 91st St, Tulsa, OK

Date: September 27, 2016

Time: 2:00 p.m to 6:30 p.m.

Regional law-enforcement officers will be gathering at Hunter Park in Tulsa on Tuesday from 2:00 in the afternoon to 6:30 in the evening.

We are gathering to show solidarity for our brothers and sisters in blue as Tulsa County’s district attorney rushes to judgment against one of our own, without benefit of a full and complete investigation.

It is *crucial* that we have a STRONG showing on Tuesday. 

Mr. Al Sharpton will be in Tulsa on Tuesday and the national media likely will be as well.

Media is expected to be at the gathering which will give us an opportunity to express our concerns or grievances.

L.E.O.s are encouraged to speak with media persons and express their concerns over current and recent events our nation’s law enforcement officers face.

Obviously, this is a peaceful gathering. Please feel free to make and bring positive-themed signs or placards. Please share this with other L.E.O’s, particularly those currently, retired or formerly in law-enforcement.

Hunter Park is on the south side of East 91st Street, between South Yale Avenue and South Sheridan Avenue.

If you would like to donate to Officer Shelby’s legal defense, you can do so HERE.

  • John Baker

    While watching the helicopter video, one of the people makes a comment about Mr. Crutcher having been tased. He appears to be moving on the ground at that time. The person makes a gasp sound, Mr. Crutcher stops moving and the call comes over the radio of shots fired.
    I do not have access to any evidence and have only watched the videos a couple of times. The one key factor will be, was Mr. Crutcher standing or on the ground when he was shot. From what I saw on the helicopter video, he appeared to have been hit when he was on the ground. If that is the case, then this is a bad shoot and warrants the charges. My suspicion is that Officer Shelby had her firearm on target and then flinched causing it to go off striking Mr. Crutcher.

    On the flip side, I am 100% convinced that Mr. Crutcher was under the influence of some drug. If your car breaks down in the middle of the road, the last thing that you want to do is ignore the police. A normal person wants to get it moved so as to not be an obstruction. If toxicology supports my belief, then his actions or inaction caused the entire ordeal that could have easily been averted.

    • Vic

      Liberal hogwash. The video clearly shows this thug being shot while standing & was a threat to the officers.

      • Sigfredo Mendez

        a threat with no weapons and his hands up…. sure, Oh and the window was up! so he wasn’t reaching for anything.

  • NoChit

    Let me say I have great respect for what law enforcement does. I have been on both sides of that job. I look at this and see a chain of callamity where if any ONE thing had been done different the person would still be alive. I am sorry that some cops believe that someone being disobedient is a capital offense punishable by death on the spot. If you need to point your weapon at someone it is time right now not after you walk them back to their car to secure them period. Cops do not seem to have the weapons discipline that they use to have.

  • AuteursRevenge

    Now she is claiming she was temporarily deaf…bitch can’t get her story straight.

  • biznesschic

    You are part of the problem. Everyone should not be a police officer, and if you are, you need to start calling out the bad ones. Today, her lawyer is saying that she went temporarily deaf. I believe that the cops around her realizes that this was a bad shoot, and they aren’t going to lie to protect her. Good for them.

  • Don1974

    I cannot believe the author used the Kyle Dinkheller shooting as justification for deadly force to be used. Andrew Brannan was once asked why he killed Deputy Dinkheller, his reply; “because he let me”. Brannan was allowed to retrieve AND THEN STAND IN PLAIN SIGHT AND LOAD his 30 caliber M1 Carbine. The Deputy for what seemed like an eternity gave orders for Brannan to drop his weapon. Dinkheller did not start shooting until Brannan had his long gun loaded and ready to engage. While this may have been sporting on the deputy’s part we should remember that this is a life and death fight, not a boxing match. Brannan, a Vietnam combat veteran, utilized his infantry training and experience to rush the deputy using duck and cover shooting him a total of 9 times. I was a LEO at the time of this incident and remember the details like it was yesterday even though it took place in 1998. So please, there are a lot of us who remember vividly this incident and none of it applies to the recent Tulsa shooting.

    • KLC

      I agree with you that the two situations are very different in their totality. The author’s assertion that it was “exactly the same scenario” is definitely diminutive to the horrific shooting of Deputy Dinkheller. I think the valid point made, regardless of the way the author worded it, was that when a subject refuses to respond to orders and reaches into their pockets or into their vehicle, the probabilities increase for such tragedies as what happened with Dinkheller to occur.

      I am deeply saddened and upset to see the media twisting facts and stirring up the turbulent violence towards officers.

      Thank you for your service!

  • KLC

    petition on change.org expressing support of Officer Betty Shelby by calling for the Resignation Of District Attorney Kunsweiler
    The petition can be found at
    https://www.change.org/p/support-for-officer-betty-shelby-resignation-of-district-attorney-kunsweiler?recruiter=437520&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive

    • Krankerdelic

      I hope someone shoots your family in front of you before you kill yourself

  • Krankerdelic

    I hope someone drives over the head of her devil children

  • Wally Wada

    She is killer – a cold blooded killer and should spend the rest of her life in prison. Getting raped by large black men!!!