Tulsa officer Betty Shelby to receive $35,000 in back pay

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TULSA, Okla. – An Oklahoma police officer acquitted of manslaughter after fatally shooting an unarmed man will receive back pay after being on leave since September.

Tulsa spokeswoman Michelle Brooks said Tuesday that officer Betty Jo Shelby will be getting more than $35,000, minus taxes and other deductions. Shelby’s attorney says the payment is being processed.

Shelby had been on unpaid leave since Sept. 22, when she was charged in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher six days earlier.

Jurors acquitted Shelby last week in Crutcher’s death.

Shelby said she shot Crutcher out of fear, believing he was reaching into his SUV for a gun. Crutcher didn’t have a gun on him or in his vehicle.

Prosecutors said Shelby overreacted.

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