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Cop cleared in unarmed man’s death is teaching officers how to deal with similar incidents

Betty Jo Shelby is the provision of courses that focuses on how to deal with the aftermath of the “critical incidents” including the aftermath of the officer-involved shootings.

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An Oklahoma cop who shot dead an unarmed black man is teaching a course that focuses on how to deal with the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting after she was acquitted of first-degree murder.

Betty Jo Shelby resigned from the Tulsa Police Department after she was acquitted last year for the 2016 shooting death of Terence Crutcher, who had his hands up when they shot him. They claimed that they thought that Crutcher was in his SUV. Crutcher was unarmed.

Shelby is now working as a patrol officer for the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, where they learn a “critical incident” class. The most recent class, with the title “how to Survive in the Aftermath of a Critical Incident,” was held on Tuesday for Tulsa County deputies.

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Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said the class focuses on how to deal with the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting. He said that such incidents are becoming more frequent and they wear more mental health and substance abuse problems.

The class has drawn criticism from local activists and Crutcher’s sister, who said it was offensive that the officer who is the life of her brother, is teaching such a class.

Betty Jo Shelby was acquitted last year in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher.

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On Monday, protesters gathered outside a county courthouse to protest Shelby’s scheduled appearance, the Washington Post reported.

Shelby defended her qualifications in a statement to KTUL, saying that it was “not about the shooting.”

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“I was faced with many challenges that I was unprepared, such as threats to my life by activists groups to loss of pay,” she said. “My class is to help others by sharing some of the skills that I used to deal with the stress of my critical incidents. If enforcement of the law, we experience many critical incidents in our careers. These tools that I share are just a few to help them cope with the stress of the critical incidents they have had or will experience.”

On Wednesday, Shelby told “Good Morning America” and the class talked about a critical incident an officer may be facing, such as the sight of a dead child.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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