Unarmed Black Man Killed In Tulsa Police Shooting
Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – 10:32 AM
Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Monday night that “justice” will be achieved after video was released showing Tulsa police officers fatally shooting an unarmed black man.
In the dash-cam and helicopter video, Terence Crutcher, 40, is shown walking toward his vehicle, away from officers, with his hands in the air, when he falls to the ground after being shot.
Jordan confirmed that Crutcher was hit with a taser by one officer, before being fatally shot by another. Jordan said officer Betty Shelby, who fired the fatal shot, told a dispatcher that she was “not having cooperation” from Crutcher.
On the helicopter video that was released, a Tulsa police officer can be heard telling dispatch that Crutcher looked like “a big bad dude.”
Jordan said that no vehicle was found on Crutcher or his vehicle, and called the footage “disturbing.” He has asked the Justice Department to review the case. Shelby was placed on administrative leave with pay.
Officers responded to a call of a reported abandoned vehicle in the middle of a Tulsa highway at 7:36 p.m.
On Monday, the Crutcher’s family lawyer Melvin C. Hall said Crutcher was having car troubles, which is why his vehicle was stalled in the middle of the highway.
“They treated him like a criminal,” Hall said. “They didn’t treat him like somebody in distress who needed help. Instead of giving him a hand, they gave him bullets.”