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A district court judge has called out the Tulsa police officer who allegedly killed Terrence Crutcher for doing an interview about the case on national TV.

According to the New York Daily News, Judge Doug Drummond had some harsh words for officer Betty Jo Shelby, who is accused of shooting an unarmed Terence to death. He shared his thoughts in a five-page reprimand that aimed to point out how her recent appearance on 60 Minutes could make it hard to conduct a fair trial.

“It is obvious this case has drawn significant media interest nationwide since the beginning,” Judge Drummond wrote. “The court is, at a minimum, hopeful that all parties … recognize that pretrial publicity potentially hampers prospects for a fair and impartial trial for both sides.”

Taking her statements during the 60 Minutes interview into consideration, Judge Drummond had reason for concern.

Betty Jo, who was seen gunning Terence down as he walked away from her with his hands in the air, attempted to frame herself as a victim the situation. To make matters worse, she used a problematic analogy, static, “My situation was no different than—I don’t know whether I should say this—than a lynch mob coming after me.”

During the interview, Betty Jo also explained why she was more inclined to shoot Terence.

“If I wait to find out if he had a gun or not, I could very well be dead,” she said before sharing another line of logic within her police department. “There’s something that we always say: “I’d rather be tried by 12 than carried by six.”

Although she claims to believe that Terence intended to hurt her (again, despite the police helicopter video of him walking away), prosecutors argue that she overreacted because he was unarmed and complied with orders to put his hands up.


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11 thoughts on “Judge Slams Officer For Discussing Terence Crutcher Case On TV

  1. What lynch mob??? – the only “mob” there in her immediate presence was her fellow officers – she shot this man after he was tasered and lying on the ground – so tell me again, what mob?

  2. A Good Catholic Girl on said:

    I saw the interview on 60 Minutes and thought the interview was unusual but believed the judge had given permission for her to discuss her case. Sixty 60 minutes needs to be chided also; it new better but rating will trump all.

  3. americanize on said:

    The fix is in this she devil is trying to get public opinion on her side.I won,t be shocked if the she devil walks.

  4. Arthur Childress on said:

    This was straight up murder, not manslaughter! And, why was this murdering skank allowed to spew that B.S. on 60 minutes? She certainly didn’t gain any sympathy from anyone other than Sessions and co.

  5. Dr. Larry on said:

    This playa was wigged out enough to stop his vehicle on the centerline of a highway and start wandering around aimlessly, he could have easily pulled a weapon on the officer. Legitimate shot based on his irrational actions. Sorry Peeps.

    • RENO2AC on said:

      You can’t even come up with anything logical to say to refute her stupid illogic. She’s a dumb “dog” who does not have the sense to NOT go on national TV and talk about an active case. This is not about what COULD have happened. The fact still remains that he did NOT pull a gun, nor was he even facing her. He was walking away with his hands raised. I’m sure her father’s father was a police officer, so she got a pass…after she got off her knees.

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