On September 16, 2016, Terence Crutcher was shot dead by Tulsa Police Department Officer Betty Shelby.
Shelby was hired by the Tulsa Police Department in 2011 after working for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office from June 2007 to November 2011.
In the 5 years that she’s been on the police force, Shelby had two excessive force complaints. Authorities say that both were unfounded.
The following information is from Betty Shelby’s application for employment with the Tulsa Sheriff’s Department, which you can read at this link.
When she applied for a position as a deputy sheriff in 2007, Shelby had been married twice before she married Dave Shelby, her current husband, who also works for the Tulsa Police Department and was in the helicopter that captured video of Shelby killing Terence.
Based on her 2007 application for employment, Shelby had not worked since 2002. Her last job before being hired as a deputy sheriff was as a teacher’s assistant. She wrote on the application that she quit that job to attend school full-time.
On her application for employment, Shelby answered “yes” to the question, “Ever possessed or used illegal drugs?”
She also answered “yes” to having a protection order filed against her, or pending action.
Some sources are reporting purported letters that Shelby wrote explaining the orders of protection and her drug use, but those letters have not been publicly released.
NBC reports that the 42-year old officer’s work history and past conduct are now under scrutiny as authorities examine if she acted within reason in killing 40-year old Terence Crutcher.
On December 10, 2015, after a month-long trial, Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty on 18 on 36 counts, including 4 counts of first-degree rape while on duty. For further background, we reported it here.
Holtzclaw was a police officer in Oklahoma City. His sentencing was held today. Holtzclaw’s attorneys delayed sentencing for several hours by filing a motion for a new trial. The jury, who deliberated 45 hours, recommended 263 years for sentencing. Today, the judge denied Holtzclaw’s motion for a new trial, and entered the jury’s sentencing recommendation. Holtzclaw’s sentence will be served consecutively. Read the rest of this entry
This has shades of Ted Wafer, who said he thought that someone was trying to break into his house.
A 14-year-old Oklahoma honor roll student is recovering after he was shot by a homeowner while playing a dangerous teenage game of ringing door bells as a prank in the early morning hours of New Year’s day. The homeowner was not arrested, but could face charges later.
According to KWTV, the teenager, identified as Cole Peyton of Pryor, Oklahoma, was with friends as the boys were playing the doorbell prank game, which the local police chief, Steve Lemmings, called “ding-dong ditching”. The doorbell prank is a very dangerous game in which teenagers ring a doorbell or knock, then run or hide before someone answers.
The unidentified homeowner reportedly went out to his yard and fired several shots at the boys, striking Peyton in the back and arm, with one bullet puncturing his liver. Peyton, who is on the honor roll, football, and wrestling teams at Pryor High School, is recovering in a local…
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People were concerned when the jury took more than three days to deliberate. Our own Mindyme commented about that earlier. I half-jokingly said that Daniel Holtzclaw was charged with 36 felonies, so it might take the jury 36 days to reach a verdict. Holtzclaw was charged with 36 counts of rape, forcible oral sodomy, burglary and other charges.
Shortly after 9 p.m. ET this evening, the jury returned guilty verdicts. It was their fourth day of deliberations. Holtzclaw was not found guilty on some counts, but he was found guilty of enough counts to spend the rest of his life in prison. Holtzclaw is 28 years old.
Daniel Holtzclaw was an Oklahoma City police officer who was charged with sexually assaulting 13 women over a 7 month period. The women ranged in age from 17 to 57. It was after the eldest victim came forward that others did also, saying that they had remained silent out of fear of retribution. Holtzclaw was placed on administrative leave in January 2015 when GPS tracking devices were used to corroborate the victims’ stories.
There was some racial controversy. Of the 13 victims, 12 are Black. Oklahoma City is reported to have a 40 percent minority population, but the chose jurors, 8 men and 4 women, were all White.
Victims gave testimony describing Holtzclaw’s acts which I will not repeat here. They were deplorable and you can read about their testimonies on News 9.
Holtzclaw hung his head and began sobbing and rocking back and forth as the verdicts were read. His formal sentencing is set for January 21, 2016.
There’s an old saying; “You don’t need to ask a drowning man if he wants to be saved.”
Seven people have died due to floods in Oklahoma, and now there is an additional death but not one that came from drowning. Rather, law enforcement officers stated they were trying to save the man from being swept away by the rising water.
Friday night, Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to a stranded motorist call near Tulsa. One vehicle was trying to push another from a roadway amid fast-moving waters. The two drivers were Nehemiah Fischer, 35 and his brother, Brandon, 40. Nehemiah was assistant pastor at Faith Bible Church in Tulsa.
Is this still America?
You can’t make this crap up. The Tea Party faction of American politics is primarily batshit crazy. They are often called the “American Taliban“. The term seems quite appropos…
Given how savagely anti-gay the mainstream Oklahoma Republican party is, it’s no surprise that the state’s Tea Partiers are so rabidly hateful that they come across more as dark satire than as serious bigots. To wit: This week, an Oklahoma magazinediscovered that last summer, Tea Party state house candidate Scott Esk endorsed stoning gay people to death: “I think we would be totally in the right to do it,” he said in a Facebook post. Esk went on to add nuance to his position:
That [stoning gay people to death] goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a…
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