Black America is outraged! Yet another unarmed black man was shot and killed by police for literally walking while black. 40-year-old Terence Crutcher‘s vehicle was disabled in the middle of a Tulsa, Oklahoma highway. According to responding officers Crutcher ignored several requests to put his hands in the air and was tasered then shot and killed by police. Video from a helicopter hovering above proved Crutcher’s hands were in fact in the air and appeared he was walking toward his disabled vehicle in fear for his life. What’s truly disturbing is that a voice can be heard on the video saying: “That looks like a bad dude, too. Probably on something.”
Police Chief Chuck Jordan announced before the video and audio recordings’ release that Crutcher had no weapon on him or in his SUV when he was shot Friday. Local and federal investigations are underway to determine whether criminal charges are warranted in the shooting or if Crutcher’s civil rights were violated.
“The big bad dude was my twin brother. That big bad dude was a father,” Crutcher’s twin sister Tiffany Crutcher said. “That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College, just wanting to make us proud. That big bad dude loved God. That big bad dude was at church singing with all of his flaws, every week. That big bad dude, that’s who he was.”
The shooting comes just four months after former Tulsa County volunteer deputy Robert Bates was sentenced to four years in prison on a second-degree manslaughter conviction in the 2015 death of an unarmed black man. Shelby worked as a Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy for four years before joining the Tulsa Police Department in December 2011, officials said. She has been placed on paid leave.
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