Newly released dashcam and helicopter video shows Tulsa police gunning down an unarmed African American man as his hands were raised in the air. His crime, you ask? His vehicle stalled on the road, so he obviously had to die.
Terence Crutcher, 40, was driving when his vehicle stalled at an intersection. Police were on their way to an unrelated call when they noticed his broken down vehicle in the middle of the road. The video, released by the Tulsa Police Department on Monday, shows Crutcher walking towards officers as if he were seeking their help.
The footage, which Chief Chuck Jordan said was “very disturbing — very difficult to watch,” then shows Crutcher walking back towards his vehicle. He is surrounded by officers, who then tazed him and shot him dead almost simultaneously while his hands were in the air.
In the video filmed by a helicopter, you can hear them talk about how Crutcher “looks like a bad dude.” In reality, he was a father of four who had been attending music appreciation courses at a local college.
Police have claimed that Crutcher was not obeying their orders and reached into the car, so they had no choice but to shoot him. However, Pastor Rodney Goss of Morning Star Baptist Church, who was allowed to view the video, is calling bullshit.
“It was not apparent at any angle from any point that he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer,” Goss told Tulsa World.
After Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby shot the unarmed man, he lay on the ground bleeding and dying in front of them. No one checked his pulse. No one administered any sort of aid. And he had done nothing wrong. Apparently, in America, a stalled vehicle can now be added to the list of offenses punishable by death if your skin happens to be a few shades too dark.
Naturally, Shelby has been given a paid vacation for her trigger happy efforts.
You can watch the dashcam video here:
And you can watch the helicopter footage here:
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