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Erasing Racism: Betty Shelby Has Terence Crutcher’s Fatal Shooting Expunged From Her Record

FDB! Seriously. Terence Crutcher is dead, but the fatal shooting that claimed his life won’t even show up as part of Betty Shelby’s record.

District Judge William LaFortune ruled Wednesday to allow for the first-degree manslaughter case brought against former Oklahoma police officer Betty Shelby to be removed from her record after she asked that it be expunged, NBC BLK reports.

LaFortune has ordered that all documents connected to Shelby’s case be sealed and kept with the court, where they’ll only be accessible through court order. State law also allows that the documents can be destroyed after 10 years.

While government and law enforcement would still have access to the record because Shelby would likely disclose it on job applications, other agencies wil not be able to find the case in a background search according to Shelby’s defense attorney, Shannon McMurray.

“This crime does not exist for employment application purposes,” McMurray said, saying that it was important for Shelby “to have that smear on her name removed from public view.”

“Like any other citizen who is acquitted, Betty Jo Shelby was entitled to have her record sealed and expunged,” the attorney said. “Betty … continues to work to try and serve her community and prays for everyone’s continued healing.”

Shelby petitioned for her record to be expunged after her acquittal earlier this year for the September 2016 killing of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. You may recall, Crutcher’s SUV was stopped in the middle of the street when he was approached by Shelby, who claimed during her trial that she was scared because he appeared to be under the influence of drugs, didn’t obey her commands and looked like he was reaching into his vehicle. You probably also may recall the footage of Crutcher from the patrol car dashboard adn police helicopter that showed him with his hands in the air.

Shelby went back on administrative duty with the force after being reinstated two days after her acquittal. She resigned in July, saying she felt isolated from other police officers and was later worn in as a reserve sheriff’s deputy in nearby Rogers County.

If only this case didn’t fit so neatly fit the narrative of an America constantly striving to preserve the purity of white women.