Your DGB for today is to contact the Tulsa Police Department and demand they fire murderer Betty Shelby.
If you haven’t heard any backstory on Betty Shelby, here’s the brief breakdown. Basically, Officer Betty Shelby shot Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, because she feared he was reaching for a gun… through a rolled up window. Yeah, we know. Jurors believed that she was in fear for her life and she was found not guilty of felony manslaughter on May 17th. As if that verdict does not sting enough, Officer Betty Shelby is now back on active duty, earning a huge WTF from DGB.
What we want you to do today is contact the Tulsa PD and demand Officer Betty Shelby be fired from her job. You can contact them by phone and file an anonymous complaint with Internal Affairs at (918) 596-1355. Feel free to cite statistics like the 183 instances of deadly force in the past ten years (11 so far this year), in the state of Oklahoma and we need to set an example by firing Betty Shelby. You can also use their online form, email, or even send them a letter or postcard. All of the contact info can be found on their Internal Affairs contact page. If you want to go further, get in touch with the Oklahoma Division of Black Lives Matter and see what you can do to help. Whether it’s calling people, donating money to their organization, or attending an event, we need to support the people who are busting their asses to make a change in our communities.
Terence Crutcher deserves justice, as do all the other people of color whose lives are taken by officers, simply because their skin was scary. We understand that not all police are bad, and some of us even have family in the force, but you know the saying “One bad apple spoils the whole bunch?" It’s about time we start tossing out the bad apples.