A white Oklahoma officer, acquitted of careless killing in the deadly shoot-out of an unarmed African American in 2016, defended himself in the midst of protests that broke out over her He taught a class of sheriffs
"I'm talking about the challenges I face after my critical incident, the challenges that my husband and I were unprepared for," said former Tulsa police officer Betty Shel by including their classes in an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America".
"So I take what I have learned and develop what I call tools, and I pass that on to ot your officers might be better prepared for a critical incident."
Despite the demonstrations this week, went Shelby, now deputy sheriff deputy, on Tuesday with the planned class "Survive the Consequences of a Critical Incident" (19659006) The "critical incident" refers not only to a shootout, which is carried out by an officer, said Shelby, but may be an event that simply "tests the limits of their boundaries" coping strategies. "
" It may be an officer who responded to a hostage-taking or saw a very serious car accident in which a child died, "she said to" GMA. "
" It can be a whole lot of things. An officer can see many critical incidents throughout his career. We are well-trained in how to use the tools we depend on but are not prepared for later.
"Of course, it is crucial for the person involved, but it can affect people differently." Shelby, who is not paid for teaching the classes, added.
Shelby was arrested and charged two years ago. Killing Terence Crutcher, 40, after she hit a two-lane pavement and saw a crutcher approaching the vehicle.
(MORE: Tulsa Policeman acquitted on the death of an unarmed African American man)
A police dashcam and helicopter video showed Crutcher with his hands in the air as Shelby and other officers approached him with their rifles aimed at him. Crutcher is seen in the video that lowers his hands and apparently tries to reach into the vehicle when Shelby opens the fire and kills him.
Crutcher's lawyers claim that the vehicle window Crutcher seemed to be picking up was being rolled up at the time. But Shelby's lawyer says that Shelby claims the window has been rolled down and Crutcher seemed to reach into the SUV.
The authorities found that no weapons were found on Crutcher or in his vehicle [MORE: Tulsa Police Officer Arrested Manslaughter Charge, Sentenced to $ 50,000 Bond]
Shelby went to court for manslaughter and a jury released her in August 2017, sparking indignation from Tulsa's African-American leaders and raging protests in the streets of the city
"There was a moment when I was told," I'll never be back in law enforcement even if I win this case, "Shelby said.
Following the acquittal, Shelby returned to the Tulsa police with a back payment and has since been given a new job as Sheriff's deputy in neighboring Rogers County. [19659022WhenaskedwhatshewouldsaytoCrutcher'sfamilyShelbysaidshewantedtofocuson"healing"
"Let's start healing. Let's make the healing steps and take a step in the right direction, and not only do we heal ourselves, but our community begins to heal, "she said. And as our community begins to heal, our nation begins to heal.
Shelby said she was unprepared for what would happen after the trial.
"I had to emotionally deal with being involved in a shoot-out that left someone dead," she said, "I had to physically preventing me from leaving my house because of threats. "
For Crutcher's twin sister, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, all of this was through Shelby's actions.
" Terence had his hands in the air, he moved Slow and he was not the aggressor, "said Crutcher," GMA. "He took his last breath alone and no one provided first aid."
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Word of Shelby, who taught such a class in Tulsa, triggered protests Monday in front of the Civic Center in the city center, where a protester, Marq Lewis, described the train as a "slapstick face" all African American. "
" The reason for this is that they look us in the face and they say to us, "It's alright, handle it, we do not worry about how insensitive it is, we'll have that class and it's alright, "said Lewis, leader of the civil rights organization" We the People Oklahoma "Tuesday morning.
"These are our tax dollars that will be used to have this class for other police officers," said Lewis ABC News. "It's almost as if, as a citizen, we do not have a say that we do not want this class to continue."
We, the people of Oklahoma, in a statement on "GMA" have referred to a jury's letter in Shelby's trial in which their ability to serve as a law enforcement officer was questioned.
"Is that really the one who believes TCSO should instruct other officers to do anything, especially something as vital as shootings – to beat the system?"
Crutcher's sister is also outraged by the message from Shelby's classmates ,
"It is insulting and has deepened the gap in our community," Crutcher said.
Shelby's course, which she teaches as a sheriff's deputy outside of her regular duties, ran from 8:30 am to about 12:30 pm. Tuesday. It was meant to "describe some of the challenges that arise after a critical incident, such as officers' shootings, including financial, legal and emotional issues, according to a summary of the course.
"This is not the first" I have taught this class. I taught my class only last year, and every time I introduced my class it was overwhelming acceptance, "Shelby told GMA." And the reviews I received from those who attended my class , were: Hey, I did not recognize this point, I did not think so. Oh, I can now prepare for something I did not know about. & # 39; He gives enlightenment to others.
Shelby has taught the course to other law enforcement agencies across Oklahoma, but this is the first time she has been directing the class in Tulsa, which has been certified by the State Council for training in law enforcement in psychiatric education
"The fact that the sheriff refused to cancel the class shows us they do not care," says Crutcher, the Dead Sister.
The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office described Shelby as "uniquely qualified "to teach the course.
" Teaching Betty Shelby's qualifications has been called into question. However, given that it is rare law enforcement officers held criminally responsible in connection with a critical incident, we believe that they were uniquely qualified to teach a class after a critical event, "the sheriff's office said a statement.
(MORE: 40-year-old man killed by Tulsa Officer Friday had hands up moments before deadly shooting, video shows)
The class is not compulsory and "All 27 participants have signed up to "The husband, Dave, a Tulsa police officer, is also involved in the course," Shelby said. He flew a police helicopter over the scene and filmed when his wife shot Crutcher, who according to an autopsy report from the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office PCP had in his system.
"He gives a point of view that most people do not think about it: he is a spouse," Shelby said of her husband. "So he gives an overview of what a spouse is going through when his officer has a critical incident He also gives a different perspective than an officer mate.
"As a colleague, he has to deal with all the challenges the others in the department are facing as well," she said. "Another perspective: He filmed in this one Night. So he reflects the perspective of an officer who has to deal with the same emotional challenges as me. So he gives a great perspective that I can not give. And, frankly, I do not want to give this spouse a point of view. "
Attorney Scott Wood, who represented Shelby in her homicide trial, said the training Shelby offers in her class gave way tiger is for Police Officers
"Even if it does not happen to everyone, every cop has a friend or work colleague involved in a shootout," said Wood ABC News. "They come with information they can use to help – or use themselves."
Shannon McMurray, another attorney in Shelby's legal department, added, "Shelby is an excellent person to show how traumatic it can be in a situation because of what she experienced in Crutcher's case."  "I think she's an excellent choice in teaching this class," said McMurray ABC News.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton told the Tulsa World that he is supporting Shelby's class.
"It's not about opening wounds," Walton told the newspaper. "It's about Betty Shelby teaching something that gets the eyes of law enforcement, and if I taught that to the community, it would open my eyes to what law enforcement officials had to endure."
During protest Monday with Crutcher's parents, protesters wore signs saying "#BanBetty."
"We say you need another teacher," Oklahoma MP D-Tulsa told the crowd.
Goodwin recalled an interview Shelby gave CBS News "60 minutes" after her acquittal in 2017, in which she said, "I'd rather be tempted by 12 than by six."
"Terence Crutcher has not had a chance to get that statement, people are talking about there's a wound on the wound, there's no crust here because there's no cure," Goodwin said.
Lewis and other demonstrators have no problem with the course Shelby teaches, he told ABC News, but she simply finds it "deaf" that she can teach it.
"Betty Shelby went into national television and said that Terence Crutcher caused his own death," Lewis said, referring to the "60-minute" interview. "We do not believe that there is any form of rehabilitation."
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