Tulsa, Okla., police released video footage Monday that shows a white police officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man — footage that the city’s police chief called “very disturbing.”
“It’s very difficult to watch,” Police Chief Chuck Jordan said at a news conference Monday. “The first time I watched it I watched it with the family … we will do the right thing, we will not cover anything up.”
Jordan said investigators never found a weapon on Terence Crutcher or in his vehicle after the 40-year-old was shot and killed Friday as he stood beside his stalled SUV.
Crutcher died in a hospital later that evening.
Police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie had earlier told reporters that two officers were walking toward the stalled SUV when Crutcher approached them from the side of the road.
“He refused to follow commands given by the officers,” MacKenzie said. “They continued to talk to him; he continued not to listen and follow any commands. As they got closer to the vehicle, he reached inside the vehicle and at that time there was a Taser deployment, and a short time later there was one shot fired.”
U.S. Attorney Danny Williams has announced that the Justice Department has opened an independent investigation into the shooting.
The footage is the latest in a series of controversial videos showing white police officers fatally shooting unarmed black men, and promises to add a new chapter to an already bitter and divisive debate about race and policing in America.
Officer Betty Shelby who gunned down #TerenceCrutcher while his hands were in the got damn air. ARREST THIS KILLER COP!
The guy in helicopter says #TerenceCrutcher looks like a bad dude. All he saw was a big black man. How is he a bad dude? We need the punk ass bish in the helicopter to tell us what did he see that made #TerenceCrutcher “look like a bad dude”? What was it, punk? His blackness, his size?
If white police are so afraid of black people they need to stay OFF the police force. Take your fear & go find another source of employment.