NPR — [Terence] Crutcher, who was black, died next to his SUV that had stopped in the middle of a two-lane road in Tulsa, Okla. Seconds before he was shot, police dashcam and helicopter footage shows, he had walked to his car with his hands held over his head as Officer Betty Shelby walked behind him, her gun raised.
Police helicopter footage (gets interesting about 27-second mark).
Police dash cam footage (0-48 seconds).
Little good news bad news here. Bad news is we have another one of these shootings and an unarmed man is dead and some police will be facing serious investigations and possible charges and life-altering repercussions and entire communities will rise up in protest probably not wholly peacefully and tensions and conflicts between whites and blacks in our country will continue to boil over in brutal mostly counterproductive ways. Good news is we have a new wrinkle with the cop being female.
Here are some related facts, reports and quotes from the incident:
– Officers had been called to the scene by passers-by who had reported a vehicle abandoned in the road. “He took off running,” a woman told a 911 operator, saying that the man said his vehicle might blow up. She added, “I think he’s smoking something.”
– Shelby, who is white, was one of four police officers who were standing at the rear bumper of Crutcher’s car as he stood next to his vehicle around 7:45 p.m. Friday. She’s also the officer who shot him once, in the upper body — and who then radioed, “Shots fired.” Police say another officer used his Taser on Crutcher at nearly the same time he was shot.
– “I’m going to tell you right here and now: There was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect’s vehicle,” [police chief Chuck Jordan] said of Crutcher. The police chief said he contacted the U.S. Attorney’s Office about the case immediately after the shooting, and he added, “We will achieve justice in this case.”
– Tiffany Crutcher then went on to tell the media gathered in Tulsa, “You all want to know who that big ‘bad dude’ was. That big ‘bad dude’ was my twin brother. That big ‘bad dude’ was a father. 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 his flaws, every week. That’s who he was.”
Tiffany Crutcher said her brother’s future was taken away because of negligence and incompetence — “and because he was a big ‘bad dude.'”
Shitty all around. Obviously zero good news. Have to ask yourself why in the hell one cop shoots while the other tases at the exact same time?