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Video of Tulsa police shooting and killing unarmed black man released


Black man shot by Tulsa police had hands 'in the air,' says pastor who reviewed video of the shooting

The attorney for the officer says it doesn’t show the minutes leading up to the shooting, where he says Terence Crutcher raised his hands, then put them toward his pocket several times while ignoring the officer’s commands.

DRAMATIC video shows the moment an unarmed pastor was shot dead by police while walking with his hands in the air. “The officer who shot and killed Terence said he refused to show his hands”. Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said in a press conference Monday that no weapon was found on Crutcher or in his vehicle.

“It’s very hard to watch”, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Monday during a press conference.

The video clearly shows Crutcher with his hands up as the officers approached him and his vehicle.

Nearly immediately, a female voice can be heard saying: “Shots fired”.

At a separate news conference, Damario Solomon-Simmons, an attorney for Crutcher’s family, said the department’s claim that Crutcher died at the hospital was not true. It’s not clear from the footage what led Betty Shelby, the officer who fired the fatal shot, to draw her gun or what orders officers might have given Crutcher.

“He’s got his hands up there for her now”, an officer could be heard saying in the video from the helicopter as it hovered overhead. One remarks to the others, “Oh he looks like a bad dude”. “Might be on something”.

About three-dozen protesters gathered outside the county courthouse to call for police reforms. Crutcher, 40, was a father of four and enrolled in a music appreciation class at Tulsa Community College.

She said: “Let’s protest, let’s do what we have to do, but let’s do it peacefully, so we respect the culture of our family”. Unfortunately, as is common with these kinds of cases, it still might be some time before whatever “justice” Police Chief Jordan has promised comes to fruition.

Mr Crutcher’s twin sister Tiffany Crutcher is calling for charges against the officer who fired the fatal shot.

The department is now investigating the incident.

“We’re going to stop it right here”, she said.

Investigators say Crutcher approached officers as they investigated a stalled vehicle. Another voice, or possibly the same man, describes Crutcher as a “bad dude”.

In video released by Tulsa police on Monday, officers follow Crutcher to his SUV with weapons drawn. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article.

After Betty shot and killed Crutcher, the helicopter occupants can be heard discussing what roads needed to be shut down.

“I’m going to tell you right here and now, there was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect’s vehicle”, said Chief Jordan.

In a statement he said, “I will continue to do the job I am sworn to do, and I ask our citizens to stand firm in their adherence to the rule of law”.

Citing an ongoing investigating, Jordan declined to provide additional details, though he said that no weapon was found on Crutcher or in his SUV.

“If you don’t want to see justice in the world, then you’re an enemy of mine”, Nation of Islam member Jamal Ali said.