Demonstrators march in Atlanta on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in response to the police shooting deaths of Terence Crutch in Tulsa, Okla. and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)
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The Tulsa police officer accused of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man took a roundabout path toward her dream job of joining law enforcement, with stops as a convenience store clerk, an Air National Guard member and a teaching assistant.Family members and colleagues say Betty Jo Shelby, 42, was an engaged community member, a churchgoer and cool-headed enough to be tapped as a field-training officer even though she didn't join the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office until 2007 and the city's force until 2011 .Wood said Crutcher escalated the situation by not communicating with Shelby, disobeying her commands and walking away from her.Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, disputed that he was behaving belligerently toward Shelby.Shelby joined the Tulsa Police Department in December 2011; her husband David works there, too.The department refused the AP's repeated requests to release her personnel records, but said the officer has not been subject to any disciplinary proceedings in her nearly five years.She has garnered accolades due to her work in the community, said Sgt. Patrick Stephens, a spokesman with the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 93, of which Shelby is a member.
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