Yet another police shooting has occurred, and this time, police officers themselves released footage of the incident.
The 40-year-old’s SUV was stalled in the middle of the street on 36th Street North and Lewis Avenue in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He reportedly approached the two officers and they informed him to put his hands up in the air, according to Tulsa World.
Crutcher put his hands up and walked away from the cops and reached inside his vehicle when Officer Tyler Turnbough stunned him with a stun gun and Officer Betty Shelby shot him with a gun, which killed him.
Ray Owens, a pastor at Metropolitan Baptist Church, attended Crutcher’s viewing and said, “My impression is the video I saw is among the worst that we have seen nationally. The man who was shot was walking away from police with his hands in the air. That, to me, suggests that he did not present a threat.”
Although authorities initially reported that Crutcher didn’t comply with their demands to put his hands in the air, the video footage shows that he did in fact comply.
Shelby was placed on administrative leave while Turnbough’s employment status is unknown.
Social media was filled with posts on Monday about the shooting under the hashtag #TerenceCrutcher.
His hands were up.— Davon Magwood (@davonmagwood) September 19, 2016
He was not wanted for any crimes.
He wanted help with his car.
There was ZERO reason for him to die. #TerenceCrutcher
These incidents of members of law enforcement killing unarmed African-American men need to stop.
Police officers need to realize that just because they are legally required to carry a gun because of their career, that doesn’t mean they can take advantage and shoot people of color for no legitimate reason other than pure racism.
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