The Tulsa Cop That Shot Terence Crutcher Dead Is Claiming She Was "Temporarily Deaf" When She Did It
BSO- Betty Shelby, the Tulsa cop who fatally shot an unarmed black man, pled not guilty to first-degree manslaughter Friday after he attorney claimed she was temporarily deaf during the shooting.
A day earlier, her attorney, Scott Wood, claimed Shelby was so hyper-focused before and during the Sept. 16 shooting that she didn’t hear other officers arrive on the scene — or even the deadly gunshot she fired.
“She didn’t hear the gunshot, didn’t hear the sirens coming up behind her just prior to the shot,” Wood said Thursday.
Honestly, I am upset. Not just because another innocent black man was shot to death in the street or because this defense is a direct insult to the intelligence of the general public. I'm also upset because this is a complete waste of a convenient new excuse. I'm 97% sure that deafness doesn't just sporadically pop up from time to time like a casual coughing fit, but it would be pretty awesome if you could claim it did. Imagine how many unwanted conversations you could avoid if you were able to claim brief deafness. I wouldn't have to wear headphones wherever I went if it was socially acceptable to look straight ahead and keep walking whenever someone tried to stop and chat.
Officer Betty Selby took what could have been a good thing and used it for evil, and she didn't even do herself any favors in the process. She shot a dude dead because she couldn't hear? Everything supposedly went silent and her solution was to point a gun at someone and pull a trigger? That doesn't even fucking make sense.
Selfish bitch associated temporary deafness with racial profiling and police brutality and now I can't even take liberties in ignoring others. I didn't even know I had the ability to claim I couldn't hear in situations where not hearing would benefit me, and it's already fucking gone. It's damn shame too. Just think of the possibilities! With the amount of polarizing topics being discussed publicly and the wealth of asinine opinions being disseminated daily? I probably would have diagnosed myself with full deafness while occasionally suffering from temporary bouts of hearing. Thanks for taking that from me Betty, you homicidal honkey.