Unarmed, hands up and compliant — three words to describe Terence Crutcher’s behavior before being shot and killed by white police officer Betty Shelby, and now, the nation wants answers.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, police released new footage on Monday of Crutcher holding his hands up while being approached by officers. What seemed to be a calm encounter last Friday wound up being fatal after Crutcher was tased and then shot and killed at the hands of police.
Dashcam footage shows the 40-year-old, clad in a white t-shirt, walking with his hands up before being surrounded by officers. Video was also released from the police helicopter hovering above. One officer, who was later identified as Shelby’s husband, Dave Shelby, can be heard saying, “He’s got his hands up there for her now. This guy is still walking and following commands.”
A second officer said, “Time for a taser, I think.”
Dave then said, “I got a feeling that’s about to happen.” The first officer finally added, “That looks like a bad dude, too.” That’s when you hear a woman’s voice yell, “Shots fired!”
According to Crutcher’s family, Terence’s vehicle broke down in the middle of the road.
Officials say they received two 911 calls about a car blocking the road. One caller explained that “the guy was running from [the vehicle]” after he apparently told her the car was going to “blow up.”
Shelby just so happened to be driving to another call when she approached the vehicle in the middle of the road. The officer, who is now on paid administrative leave, said she was not receiving cooperation from Crutcher, and that’s when several more officers arrived.
Dozens of celebrities have spoken out on social media, including Steve Harvey, Karrueche Tran, Trey Songz and Ava DuVernay.
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) September 20, 2016
Now let all the racists come forth and say that racism doesn’t exist. Those who will make a reason for why this man was shot and killed. Fuck you! Can you not see why we shout BLACK LIVES MATTER! Can you not see why Colin Kaepernick says fuck your national anthem?! A bomber, literally a terrorists, shoots it out with the cops and is safely detained yet this unarmed black man is shot down like so many others. If you don’t see the problem, you are the problem. #prayformypeople
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