In Aww Hell Naw News…
Betty Jo Shelby, the former Tulsa police officer who was acquitted after killing Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, is coming back to the city to teach other cops a course on “Surviving the Aftermath of a Critical Incident.”
You may recall Betty Jo resigned after her acquittal because she didn’t like desk duty. She then, headed over to Rogers County and became a sheriff’s deputy.
Now, she’s teaching other cops how to deal with the aftermath of
getting away with murder a critical incident.
Via NY Daily News:
The course — which is certified by the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement and Training — “will describe some of the challenges” that come in wake of critical incidents like officer-involved shootings, according to the state website. It’s slated to cover a range of topics, including the financial, physical and emotional aspects that linger after a dramatic event.
The course lasts three hours, including two “mental health hours.”
Her scheduled appearance at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office to teach the class has set off protests and prompted condemnation from local activists, leaders and community members.
“We’re saying you need to get another teacher,” Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa, said from outside the Tulsa Courthouse. She was joined by dozens of protesters, some of them holding “#BanBetty” signs, according to Tulsa World.
“You gotta get another teacher because Betty Shelby, you know, she had her ‘60 Minutes’ and I remember what she said. She said, ‘I would rather be tried by 12 than carried by six,’ and Terence Crutcher didn’t get an opportunity to get that statement.”
Betty Jo Shelby defended her course saying she wouldn’t be referencing her own situation.
A critical incident is an event that happens to someone that will test the limits of their coping skills. I face many challenges that I was unprepared for such as threats to my life by activists groups to loss of pay.
My class is to help others by sharing some of the skills I used to cope with the stress of my critical incident.