White Tulsa Police Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Black Man | Sojourners

White Tulsa Police Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Black Man

Screenshot, video released by Tulsa police. Image via OklahomaNews9.

On Sept. 19, the police department of Tulsa, Okla., released dashcam footage from Sept. 16 of a white officer fatally shooting a 40-year-old unarmed black man. Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by Officer Betty Shelby after his SUV stalled on a street. A stun gun was also used on Crutcher by Officer Tyler Turnbough.

(Warning: Graphic footage.)

According to Jeanne McKenzie, the Tulsa Police Department’s spokesperson, Crutcher refused the officers’ orders to put his hands up and reached into his SUV. But after local community leaders were shown footage of the shooting, Pastor Rodney Goss said that Crutcher’s “hands were in the air.”

The footage was also shown to Crutcher’s relatives. Crutcher’s twin sister is in agreement that her brother put his hands up.

No weapon was found in Crutcher’s SUV by police. Crutcher’s family is calling for a federal investigation into Crutcher’s death, and for criminal charges against Officer Shelby.

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