Betty Shelby Says Teaching 'Critical Incident' Class Is About Coping

Wednesday, August 29th 2018, 1:12 pm
By: News 9

A white Oklahoma law officer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man says a "critical incident" class that she's been criticized for teaching isn't just about officer-involved shootings.

Betty Shelby, a Rogers County sheriff's deputy, told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that the class touches on any critical incident an officer might face, including seeing a dead child.

Shelby resigned from the Tulsa Police Department after her acquittal last year on a manslaughter charge in the 2016 shooting of Terence Crutcher, who had his hands up when Shelby shot him. She argued that she thought Crutcher was reaching into his SUV.

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Crutcher's sister, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, said it's insulting that the officer who killed her brother is teaching such a class.

The most recent class, titled "Surviving the Aftermath of a Critical Incident," was held Tuesday for Tulsa County deputies.

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