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Betty Shelby, The Tulsa Police Officer Who Killed Terence Crutcher, Believes (Wait For It) That She’s The Victim Here

Tulsa, Okla., Police Department

 

Back in September, Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man, was walking to his car with his hands up when he was shot by Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby. This incident was caught on video by both a police dash cam and an aerial video from a police helicopter wherein an officer looking on the scene profiles Crutcher and calls him a ‘bad dude.’

On “60 Minutes” last night, Shelby said Crutcher “caused his own death” by “failing to comply” to her orders. She insisted that race had nothing to do with her shooting and killing an unarmed man. This was bad enough, but they were all things I’ve heard before. What happened next convinced me that I was in the White supremacy Matrix.

With tears in her eyes, Shelby had the fucking audacity to say that she feels like a ‘lynch mob is after her.’  Thereafter, her husband, also a police officer, said that there were two victims that night in September: Crutcher and Shelby.

Somehow this woman has found a way to talk herself into thinking she is a victim. She sat on national television and cried the Whitest of tears while expressing zero remorse for killing a man whom she thought had a gun, but, in fact, had one neither on his person nor in his car.

When she talked about a lynch mob coming to get her, I had cognitive dissonance. I could not believe I was in Oklahoma listening to a White woman talk about how she was afraid of a lynch mob.

How could she, a White woman, say that shit as a police officer in a city where White folks were responsible for the destruction of Black Wall Street– the worst mass killing of Black people in American history. An incident that began on the night of May 31, 1921 and lasted only  14 hours resulted in 35 city blocks burned, 800 people injured and more than 300 people killed. The mass murder finally ended when Adjutant General Charles Barrett of the Oklahoma National Guard arrived with 109 soldiers and declared martial law—but Darth Susan was sitting on my TV talking about how she was afraid of a lynch mob.

Then I thought about Laura and LD Nelson. On the night of May 2, 1911, a four-man posse arrived at the Nelson home to search for stolen cows as Laura, her husband Austin, their 14-year-old son L.D., and 2-year-old daughter Carrie were sleeping in bed. Startled by the men who burst into their home, L.D. grabbed a rifle off the wall to defend his family, but as Laura tried to wrestle the firearm away, it discharged and fatally wounded Okfuskee Deputy Sheriff George Loney.  On the morning of May 25, a lynch mob of 40 men arrived at the county jail and carried away L.D. and Laura. She was sexually assaulted, and then along with her son, lynched. As their Black bodies swung in the winds that came sweeping down the plains, the lynch mob posed for local photographer George Henry Farnum who captured an image that was later used on postcards. A district judge convened a grand jury, but no charges were filed because witnesses were unwilling to identity the 40 murderers—but no.

She was talking about neither Black Wall Street nor the Lynching of Laura and LD Nelson. She did not see that her killing Crutcher participated in the legacy of white violence against black bodies in Oklahoma. She was concerned about her feelings.

Crutcher reminded me of my uncle: a southern Black man who loved God, struggled with drug addiction and had a generous heart. She did not see him. She, like the police officer who was in the helicopter-circling overhead, saw a ‘bad dude.’ Or perhaps it was a ‘bad guy’—like the kind she told her grand son to chase as he rode in a toy police car later in the interview, reminding me of the way that anti-Blackness and stereotypes are passed down generation to generation.

I am constantly amazed by how police officers find a way to reason with and subdue white offenders without killing them, but Black men and women in far less confrontational encounters consistently end up dead.

Recently, NPR released a story on their podcast Embedded about a police shooting that could have happened—but did not. That perpetrator was threatening, running toward a police officer with his hands in his pocket, but the police used restraint. Of course, the suspect was White.

Terrence Crutcher had his hands up, was walking away from the officers, and, as his sister informed us, was most likely putting his hands on the car as he had been taught to do by his father when interacting with the police. It is sadly ironic that what his father taught him to do as a means to try to teach his son how to survive police encounters is what probably got him killed.

No. He was murdered.

What amazes me is not that it happens, but that police officers continue to insist that race has nothing to do with it. The same way that a glitch in the game had nothing to do with why Bo Jackson kept breaking through tackles every time you play with him in Tecmo Super Bowl.

Betty Shelby is the worst type of Darth Susan. What’s worse, she will most likely be found innocent because she will have a jury of her peers.

Law W.

Lawrence Ware is a philosopher of race at his day job and writes if the kids go to bed on time. He is a contributing editor of NewBlackMan (in Exile) and a frequent contributor to The Root and other publications. He has been featured in the New York Times and you can sometimes find him discussing race and politics on HuffPost Live and Public Radio International. He is the kind of Steelers fan that enjoys watching the Cowboys lose.

  • Me

    If it wasn’t for the video, she would’ve claimed he lunged at her. WP like this only see things in terms of how it affects them. Always the victor, otherwise the martyr.

  • Duncan Frame

    Always finding ways of stretching ignorance to new boundaries. There’s no limit to their ingenuity. Glad to see you reporting this because you know they are trying to hide this court case.

  • TheCollinB

    we’re missing the point. it’s not this woman doing what she’s basically genetically encoded to do. it’s that she has even been given a platform to discuss her feelings. we knew what this was when this happened. we knew what she would think before she thought it. why allow her an opportunity to voice her thoughts and upset/enrage an already marginalized group of people?
    news is a game, news is a business, seldom is its purpose to inform, esp in the hands of those that have to interest in the communities and spaces we live and operate in. don’t feed these machines your energy because it gives you nothing but bullshyt back.

    • ckyjeans

      Exactly. I never really messed with 60 Minutes, but I’m not gonna ever bother watching their s*** again.

    • Duncan Frame

      Accurate. But you need to be aware what others are fuelling themselves up on. So you can’t ignore it completely.

      • TheCollinB

        I agree that it shouldn’t be ignored but the context in which it’s addressed is self serving for one specific group. It exploitive to the people I which issues like this matter the most. There’s nothing new that media will deliver in the ideologies of crimes against poor people and people of color, so if it’s not facts let’s not do this.

    • Hugh Akston

      And a lot of those places are supposed to be liberals progressives smh

      • La Bandita

        Liberal progressive doesn’t mean what you think it means…

    • Wise Old Owl

      Absolutely, she was given a platform by 60 Minutes a major media outlet to influence the potential jury pool…believe me, her counsel would never allow her to sit for that joke of an interview unless they felt it will benefit her defense…I believe she or her husband is a member of the “chosen tribe” similar to George Zimmerman’s father and thus the mainstream media and the criminal injustice system will protect her like Zimmerman and portray her as a victim and Brother Crutcher as a deranged drug addict aggressive Black Male Thug and she was in fear of her life and justified in her actions of shooting him dead in the streets…

      • Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

        Are you referring to Jews?

    • Charlito Brown

      “it’s that she has even been given a platform to discuss her feelings.”

      And we all know that white people’s feelings are deemed more valuable than brown people’s literal lives.

    • Janelle Doe

      Maybe we should start satirical reports telling the other side of the story. about the actual victim(Sad that theyd need to be satirical but we gotta start somewhere)

      • TheCollinB

        This is an excellent idea. It would just need to be done well and somehow presented on a platform that could not immediately be discredited.

  • Zil Nabu
  • miss t-lee

    I watched this sh*t on 60 Minutes last night and I was yelling at the television.
    Especially when she said she felt like she’d been the victim of a “lynchmob”.
    They were really trying to play up the sympathy angle for this broad.

    That’s an absolutely not.

    • Diego Duarte

      That she can even UTTER the word “lynchmob” despite the fact that what she did to Crutcher amounts to nothing less than a modern day lynching is despicable.

      • miss t-lee

        In Tulsa!!! Of all places.
        If case you’re not familiar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_riot

        • Diego Duarte

          Oh I read about this sh*t. That they even fire bombed the place with AIRPLANES. I mean what the fuck? What kind of hate-filled person do you have to be to go to that extent?

          • miss t-lee

            I’m never surprised by evil.

            • Mary Burrell

              When I first heard of the Tulsa race riots on Black Wall Street, I didn’t believe it. Now many years later I am learning about this and learn it’s all true. I just couldn’t believe people could be so evil. But then again there was Hitler gassing people in ovens.

              • miss t-lee

                Seriously. It doesn’t seem like it could even be real. It’s sickening.

                • Mary Burrell

                  Exactly. It just didn’t seem possible or real to me at the time. I learned about this from a brother who was very knowledgeable about black history and I was astounded.

              • ?? KortAlmighty??

                Same. I didn’t wanna believe it either, but that was a few years ago when I was 17/18. Now nothing shocks me when it comes to the depravity of white devils.

        • Charlito Brown

          Come on. This is America. You know the historical ignorance/amnesia is in full effect.

          • miss t-lee

            Oh, I’m well aware.

      • TheCollinB

        Nicole Kidman is on video rapping “N*ggas In Paris” verbatim. These aren’t utterances G, these are proclamations.

        • Junegirl627

          But techically it’s okay for her to do that because she adopted a black boy with Tom Cruise

          Let’s just forget that after they divorced. She married a new guy and created a whole family with him and was never photographed with the adopt-a-kid again…..

          but she can say nig… right?

          • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

            Nicole Kidman is a weird personality bases on stories I have heard firsthand.

            • TheCollinB

              You can see it in here eyes. She’s on some other shyt.

            • L8Comer

              I thought Scientology kept her from her kids but Idk

          • miss t-lee

            I hope you’re kidding.

            • Junegirl627

              the okay to rap n’s in paris yes. The way she treated Connor Cruise, nope.

              • miss t-lee

                Yeah, gonna have to disagree with that.

                • Junegirl627

                  I mean it’s not okay to rap all the “n’s” in n-word in paris. So i’m being sarcastic by defending it, but she did create a new family after divorcing Tom Cruise where she spends most of her time living in Australia during his formative years.

                  • miss t-lee

                    IDK–that’s really here nor there on if she can say the N word in songs. So sarcasm I get, however too many folks already think they gets passes for loving Black d*ck or adopting Black children, so…

                  • Gibbous

                    I think there is more to the story than that. She gave up Scientology, which limited her ability to hang with her kids. I understand the stereotype, but there is some added fu@#$-ery going on with that crazy cult.

          • Janelle Doe

            Wait so Lion was a true story for her just set on a different continent? Who knew

          • RaeRae

            That was Paltrow dropping N bombs during the Watch The Throne tour, not Nicole. Nicole’s adopted son decided to not fool with her after the divorce because she no longer wanted to be part of that peculiar religion.

          • Nala84

            I hate having to defend her but the one rapping was gweneth (though I’m pretty sure that was a tweet not a video) and Tom and Scientology cult kept Nicole from her adopted children. She was allowed to see them for awhile after the divorce but as they got older the church started turning them against her and labeled Nicole a suppressive person. It’s a super common practice in Scientology and they are well known for destroying families this way which is why Katie Holmes jumped through so many hoops during her divorce because Tom would have taken her child.
            I know way too much about this cult but it’s so messed up it fascinates me.

            • Junegirl627

              That still does t explain why she didn’t
              1. go public
              2. Fight for custody
              3. Forced visitation

              I mean she really did move to a whole new continent for 6 months out the year.

        • cakes_and_pies

          I thought that was the Chief Supreme Becky-Gwenyth Paltrow.

          • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

            Honestly that sounds more likely

            • cakes_and_pies

              It was definitely her.

          • TheCollinB

            Sorry, you are correct. I’ve waited to say this for so long

            THEY ALL LOOK ALIKE TO ME!!!

            • Mary Burrell

              Nicole has a black adopted kid I hope she wouldn’t do that.

              • TheCollinB

                I was wrong. It was Paltrow.

                • Mary Burrell

                  Yeah she’s friends with Beyoncé and she thought she was being all hip and down with the culture and black people until she got a dragging on social media for being racist. She was always stupid to me and when I learned she said this it made me dislike her to this day.

  • HouseOfBonnets

    White women…..I mean are we surprised at this point?

  • Duncan Frame

    Why isn’t the lynch-mob victim/murderer wearing an orange jumpsuit?

  • When I had my blog, Crutcher’s death was one of the hardest things to write about. It combines many of the reasons why cops kills black people and why they get away with it.

    The killing is generally a culmination of misconduct. Shelby’s police department knew she had a history of drugs.

    The killing officer is protected by the department. In this case, her husband.

    The killing officer is protected by provisions in their union contract that regular citizens do not get. Lawyers and investigators are typically prohibited from talking to killing officers until at least 24 hours after the shooting. Research shows police use this time to get their stories straight- thus police were able to search Crutcher’s car and find PPC, and therefore claim that Shelby was shooting “a bad dude.”

    The audacity of it all now is that we are catching more and more of police misconduct on tape and police are still getting off. Police misconduct is no longer a he say/she say, but is now being seen as what black folk knew it was for decades- political gaslighting, where police tell us not to believe the bruises on our bodies or the bullets in our brains.

    • Duncan Frame

      I still don’t believe the drugs story.

      • Which part? Shelby’s history of drug abuse or Crutcher’s?

        • Duncan Frame

          That they found PPC in the car.

          • My mistake- not in his car, in his system. Which is worse. You kill the man, violate his corpse without his family’s permission to find some justification for shooting him and then make it known to the media. For black folk, even death denies us rest.

            http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-tulsa-police-shooting-terence-crutcher-pcp-20161012-story.html

            • Duncan Frame

              Like you I thought they reported that they found it in the car. I still don’t believe it. Regardless of that. He was in no way any kind of threat from the footage.

            • TheCollinB

              It doesn’t mean the drugs were taken recently. It just means it’s in there. And traces of drugs stay in your system for long periods of time. Marijuana can be detected in hair samples months after consumption. Still not justifiable for ending a life.

              • He was a parent of a KIPP student in Tulsa. Our kids at our Arkansas schools heard it and got so scared- were their parents next?

          • PCP

            • Duncan Frame

              Thank you.

          • Diego Duarte

            Police officers are notoriously known for planting sh*t in your car. Especially if you’re Black.

            Also, isn’t PCP mostly used by whites? I’m calling foul here, this was probably from her personal stash.

            • Amazon sells dash cams. I’ve considered getting one for my car since that incident in Illinois where the black engineering student got beat up by cops, cops claimed he was resisting, but the student’s dash cam caught everything.

              • Diego Duarte

                Were they jailed or sanctioned in any way whatsoever?

                • He was given a resisting arrest charge, though the dash cam footage showed cops rushing, punching, and kneeing him while he was on the ground. Police tried to get slick and said that they’d drop the charge if he signed an indemnity agreement saying that he couldn’t sue.

                  The student knew his rights and that his personal dash cam put the police in a catch-22; if they went to the arraignment and the judge saw the video, the charge would be dropped and he could sue. If the police someone “lost” the evidence, then the student could simply prove via receipts that he bought and installed a dash cam- police then get in major trouble for evidence tampering.

                  They dropped the charges and I think he’s currently lighting them up in civil court.

                  • Janelle Doe

                    It is nice to hear about the few cases when they picked the wrong one. May the settlement from his suit pay for his tuition and the tuition of his great grandchildren
                    Amen.

              • Hugh Akston

                I use my go pro when I’m driving

                Was thinking of investing in a dash cam too…but don’t think I’ll need it in the near future

                • Mr. Mooggyy

                  It’s a shame that it has come to tactics like this to protect ourselves!

              • cdj

                My son will be driving soon. I want to get one for him. Even if it’s expensive, I think it’s a good investment.

              • Catfish Jenkins

                Also, ensure that you get a camera than can upload to the cloud real time. And that someone you trust has the password. I’m not a fan of the cloud, and it is outrageous we have to take these steps, but clearly it is necessary.

                • Nametaken

                  Where do you get one that can upload to the cloud?

                  • Catfish Jenkins

                    There are a few that can do it. It’s even better if your car has built in wi-fi so that you don’t have to get a SIM and data plan.

                    • Nametaken

                      So Wifi SD cards won’t work in these? Either way I guess we gotta spend extra money just to be sure cops can’t lie when they kill us…but we’ll still be dead anyway. Par for the course I guess…

                    • Catfish Jenkins

                      Those should as well.

                      I’ve told my wife, I got no business in the US for a while. Given the exchange, I’ll spend my money up here.

            • fedup

              Run that message on repeat, all day everyday.

            • `Abdu’l-Karim Ewing-Boyd

              PCP is still a major issue in DC. There is little to no official public outcry about ‘dippers’ and ‘water’ because it’s not an opioid, so nobody cares.

            • DiamondIsMyRealName

              This was my first thought.. WE dont use that ish! smh

    • I_AmU

      I may be mistaken, but her fellow cop husband in the helicopter uttered the phrase “Looks like a bad dude” BEFORE the alleged drugs were found. No preconceived notions there. Nope. None at all.

      • You are not mistaken.

      • Charlito Brown

        The power and intuition Whiteness bestows upon it’s vessel is astounding. The n*gga could tell all the way in the air from a helicopter that Crutcher was a “bad dude.” Amazing…

        Then when they released the footage on the news and you heard him utter it, but you could just miss it if you weren’t listening closely. Almost like subliminal messaging for the viewer. Folks, the tainting of the jury pool was set in motion long before this “60 Minutes” interview, I’m afraid. But that’s nothing new, is it?

        • I_AmU

          They have amazing “power”. The power to continue to perpetuate lies until they don’t remember it was a lie from the beginning. You know he and his wife were discussing “the high crime” aka Resilient and POC neighborhood she works in during chex the night before she committed murder.

  • Diego Duarte

    Why are they giving her a platform to speak this nonsense? How can they even begin to legitimize and validate this sh*t? Just how far can White Supremacy go? I understand it from hate-filled racists but why the fuck is the media playing along on what is a black and white case. This is murder, plain and simple. Don’t they have a sense of proportion?

    • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

      Ratings? Media after all has become just another business.

      • Sigma_Since 93
      • Diego Duarte

        Sigh, even after Trump they never learn… They’ll keep on making stupid people famous, even if they tear apart the very fabric of society.

        • Hugh Akston

          I think they know exactly what they’re doing

          • kingpinenut

            They do know…

            I hope I live to see the day real justice delivered

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        Tacit approval?

      • Duncan Frame

        It’s funny how ratings work for racist killings by whites but not for shirt sales by NFL footballers who represent justice.

        • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

          Makes sense if you look at it through white rose colored glasses.

          • Duncan Frame

            I guess. I see capitalism as a tool invented and used to legitimise exploitation of non-white people by white supremacists and to neutralise the debate about blatant white savagery. It’s often portrayed as a neutral tool of business but it’s actually just a tool that puts the dominant narrative in the hands of rich white people allowing them to maintain power. That’s my theory anyway.

    • Isn’t giving her a platform just a way to sway a potential jury pool. They get to see her. Empathize with her. Connect with this good white woman, while the story of the big black man is repeated.

    • Val

      American media is and has always been a tool of White Supremacy.

      • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

        I detect no lies.

      • La Bandita

        I read only truth.

      • Charlito Brown

        Just like just about every other institution in this country.

      • Janelle Doe

        Always!
        I still rem Dylan’s judge and the whole think of his family nonsense
        That made me so mad… just livid!

      • Blueberry01

        It’s #1 tool, in my opinion…

    • Nala84

      This is just the media doing what they always do to people of color, turning them into villains. It’s no shock that they continue to perpetuate images they themselves helped create. Honestly the level of cognitive dissonance there must be astronomical to constantly paint the image that certain people are criminals and then report on instances where innocent people belonging to those same groups are being killed and never make the connection that one action led to the other.

  • NomadaNare

    This plus Emmitt Tills accuser admitting she lied plus Rachel Dolezals interview on Vice plus Get Out makes me avoid white women

    • J.E. Pierson

      I only saw the clip of the Dolezal interview on YouTube. I knew it was going to be even more f*ckery when I saw her wearing that Biggie tee.

      • TheCollinB

        Now that I do wanna see

      • NomadaNare

        It was quite the bs

        So over ww

      • Biggie tee.
        Somebody should’ve pulled a PETA and threw paint on it.

    • ?? KortAlmighty??

      All of this + them trying to blame us for Trump when 53% of them voted for him. Aside from being snakes white women are also delusional, go figure.

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