Here’s what we know about the latest killing of an unarmed black man.
On Monday, police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, released footage from their fatal shooting of an unarmed black man last Friday. Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old father of four, was shot by a Tulsa cop responding to a call about a car that Crutcher had seemingly abandoned in the middle of a road.
The man was unarmed and, in most of the released footage, has his hands raised over his head.
The shooting incident, which Police Chief Chuck Jordan called “very disturbing” at a press conference Monday, sparked a swift response on social media and from the department itself, which promptly released videos of the incident from several perspectives and called on the Department of Justice to investigate. Tulsa mayor Dewey Bartlett assured the public that the city’s own investigation would be transparent. The fourth shooting by city police this year, according to Tulsa World,even got the attention of Hillary Clinton, who during a radio interview on Tuesday called it “unbearable.” Such incidents “must be intolerable,” she added. Crutcher’s family are rallying for criminal charges against the officer who shot him. Here’s what we know so far:
What the footage shows: A video shot from a police helicopter shows Crutcher walking away from an officer—identified Monday as Betty Shelby—with his hands in the air. Crutcher approaches his car, and a second police officer arrives on the scene. Shelby and the second officer follow Crutcher with their weapons drawn and pointed at his back. They are joined by two more officers. When Crutcher reaches his car, he appears to lower his right arm. At that point, the camera angle changes and Crutcher is obscured by the vehicle. He falls to the ground shortly thereafter. At one point, as Crutcher walks toward his car, an officer, apparently in the helicopter, can he heard saying that Crutcher is “still walking” and not following commands.
“Time for Taser, I think,” says another officer.
“I got a feeling that’s about to happen,” the first cop replies.
Crutcher, he adds, “looks like a bad dude, too. Could be on something.”
Seconds later, Crutcher collapses to the ground, his white t-shirt red with blood. “Shots fired!” a clearly distressed female cop yells over the radio.
A second officer had fired his Taser just before Crutcher was shot, according to the Tulsa chief.
Dash-cam footage from a cruiser also shows Crutcher walking toward his vehicle, hands up. When he nears the vehicle, four officers crowd around him. Seconds later he falls to the ground, but it’s unclear exactly what preceded that. The video shows that the officers waited more than two minutes before administering any first aid. One officer appears to check Crutcher’s pockets first.