The officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher – Betty Shelby – has been found to have engaged in illegal drug use in the past.
Terence Crutcher was shot in Tulsa on Friday 16 September. The 40-year-old was reportedly unarmed and video footage shows him walking towards his vehicle with his arms in the air, moments before being killed.
Betty Shelby has been charged with first degree manslaughter as a result of the incident.
Whilst investigations are ongoing, Crutcher’s past run-ins with the police have been brought up. It’s also been pointed out that drugs were later found in his vehicle after the incident.
Shelby’s past has since also been dug into, unearthing some interesting information.
The officer has been married once before her current marriage. In 2002, Shelby had a protective order filed against her by her ex-husband’s new wife, who claimed that she was receiving harassing phonecalls from her.
Earlier, in 1993, Shelby ran into trouble when she and her ex-boyfriend damaged each other’s cars, leading to temporary restraining orders.
It has also been revealed that Shelby admitted to illegal drug use on a question on a job application. She claimed to have used marijuana twice as an 18-year-old but did get into a prescription rehab programme to get detoxed.
Despite using marijuana twice many years ago being a minor infraction, the point remains that the officer is not squeaky clean. It shows that just because Shelby is an officer, it doesn’t mean that she has never been involved in any trouble in her past.
Furthermore, it highlights that Terence Crutcher did not deserve to die because of his past, or because drugs were later found in his car.