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Betty Shelby sworn in as reserve deputy with Rogers County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Scott Walton announced Wednesday night that Betty Shelby would be joining his office. (KTUL)

A former Tulsa police officer who was acquitted of manslaughter for shooting and killing an unarmed man has been sworn in as a reserve deputy with the Rogers County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Scott Walton announced Wednesday night that Betty Shelby would be joining his office. In a trial that got national attention, Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter in the 2016 shooting death of Terence Crutcher, who was under the influence of PCP but was unarmed when his vehicle was stopped in the middle of a north Tulsa road.

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Shelby returned to work at the Tulsa Police Department in a non-patrol capacity after he acquittal, but she later resigned.

Walton has been a vocal supporter of Shelby ever since her arrest in September and has continued to criticize Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan for the way in which the department handled the case.

At her swearing-in Thursday, Shelby thanked the Rogers County Sheriff's Office for giving her a chance to continue serving Oklahoma citizens. Her position is unpaid.

Read more about Betty Shelby and Terence Crutcher.

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