A white Tulsa officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in May.
The very same officer has recently been sworn in as a reserve deputy in a nearby county.
Betty Shelby, 43, resigned last year on July 14, after the not guilty verdict for Terence Crutcher's death.
She was on-duty on Sept. 16 when she shot Crutcher, after his car was blocking a road in Tusla.
Crutcher's death stirred nationwide protests, with activists claiming the 40-year-old man was racially profiled.
However, Shelby denied the accusations and insisted her actions were driven entirely by the behavior of the man.
She claimed as she pulled the trigger, she experienced “auditory exclusion” — temporary loss of hearing that occurs under high stress, according to her lawyer Scott Wood. She also claimed the deceased was under the influence of drugs.
As a result, Shelby couldn’t hear the sirens of other patrol cars or even her own shot.
However, footage of the incident showed that Crutcher was in full cooperation with his hands up high above his head. He started walking away from Shelby, towar his car when she shot him dead.
Even if Shelby couldn’t hear, she could very well see what Crutcher was doing.
Shelby was released after spending a little over 20 minutes in custody and posting a $50,000 bail.
Fast forward one year, and she is all set to work as an active reserve deputy for the Roger’s County Sheriff’s Department.
“I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of this wonderful department (and to work) with the citizens of Rogers County with a sheriff who is dedicated to ensuring justice for all, whether they are law enforcement or a member of our community,” Shelby said during a news conference at the Rogers County Courthouse.
When asked about the typical responsibilities of a reserve deputy (who are unpaid but carry a firearm), Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton, who publicly backed Shelby in her trial, said, "Identical to anything that a full-time police officer that is paid or compensated for their duties will be."
The decision naturally did not get a positive response. Local activist group, "We The People Oklahoma," issued a statement, claiming Shelby was unfit to be an officer.
"Betty Shelby's lack of accountability and empathy is astounding, as is the fact that Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton believes she is fit for duty as a reserve officer," said Marq Lewis, who leads organization.
Several people took to social media to express their discontent.
Banner/Thumbnail: Pixabay, Skitterphoto