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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An unarmed black man killed by a white Oklahoma officer who was responding to a stalled vehicle can be seen in police video walking away from officers and toward his SUV with his hands up before he approaches the driver’s side door, where he drops to the ground after being shocked with a stun gun then fatally shot.

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In Tulsa police helicopter footage that was among several clips released Monday showing the shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher and its aftermath, a man in the helicopter that arrives above the scene as Crutcher walks to the vehicle can be heard saying “time for a Taser.” He then says: “That looks like a bad dude, too. Probably on something.”

Police Chief Chuck Jordan announced before the video and audio recordings’ release that Crutcher had no weapon on him or in his SUV when he was shot Friday. 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. Local and federal investigations are underway to determine whether criminal charges are warranted in the shooting or if Crutcher’s civil rights were violated.

Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, called for charges Monday.

“The big bad dude was my twin brother. That big bad dude was a father,” she said. “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 of his flaws, every week. That big bad dude, that’s who he was.”


Terence Crutcher and twin sister Tiffany Crutcher 

Police video shows Crutcher walking toward his SUV that is stopped in the middle of the road. His hands are up and a female officer is following him. As Crutcher approaches the driver’s side of the SUV, three male officers walk up and Crutcher appears to lower his hands and place them on the vehicle. The officers surround him, making it harder to see his actions from the dashboard camera’s angle.

Crutcher can be seen dropping to the ground. Someone on the police radio says, “I think he may have just been tasered.” One of the officers near Crutcher backs up slightly.

Then almost immediately, someone can be heard yelling, “Shots fired!” Crutcher’s head then drops, leaving him completely lying out in the street.

After that someone on the police radio can be heard saying, “Shots fired. We have one suspect down.”

Officer Tyler Turnbough, who’s also white, used a stun gun on Crutcher, police said.

The shooting comes just four months after former Tulsa County volunteer deputy Robert Bates was sentenced to four years in prison on a second-degree manslaughter conviction in the 2015 death of an unarmed black man. Shelby worked as a Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy for four years before joining the Tulsa Police Department, officials said.

The initial moments of Crutcher’s encounter with police are not shown in the footage. Shelby did not activate her patrol car’s dashcam, said police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie, and the ground-level video released Monday came from the car of a second officer who arrived at the scene.

Initial police briefings indicated Crutcher was not obeying officers’ commands, but MacKenzie said Monday she didn’t know what Crutcher was doing that prompted police to shoot. Two 911 calls described an SUV that had been abandoned in the middle of the road. One unidentified caller said the driver was acting strangely, adding, “I think he’s smoking something.”

After the shooting, Crutcher could be seen lying on the side of the road, blood pooling around his body, for nearly two minutes before anyone checked on him. When asked why police did not provide immediate assistance once Crutcher was down, MacKenzie said, “I don’t know that we have protocol on how to render aid to people.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, which also called for charges, said Crutcher was left to bleed while officers stood by. The group’s executive director, Ryan Kiesel, said Crutcher’s death shows “how little regard” Tulsa police have for the community’s minorities.

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the county courthouse Monday evening holding signs that read, “Justice 4 Crutch” and “Don’t Shoot.”

With relations between police and blacks in Tulsa already uneasy, the community needs to be the place where change happens, Tiffany Crutcher said.

“This is bigger than us right here. We’re going to stop it right here,” she said.

U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams said the Department of Justice’s civil rights investigation into the shooting will be separate from a local one into whether criminal charges should be filed.

“The Justice Department is committed to investigating allegations of force by law enforcement officers and will devote whatever resources are necessary to ensure that all allegations of serious civil rights violations are fully and completely investigated,” he said.

Speaking Monday in Tulsa, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said Crutcher committed no crime and gave officers no reason to shoot him.

“When unarmed people of color break down on the side of the road, we’re not treated as citizens needing help. We’re treated as, I guess, criminals — suspects that they fear,” said Crump, who is representing Crutcher’s family just as he did relatives of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black Florida teenager who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012.

He said Tulsa police drew their own conclusions about Crutcher.

“So I guess it’s a crime now to be a big black man,” Crump said. “My God, help us.”

Associated Press writer Jill Bleed in Little Rock, Arkansas, contributed to this report.

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26 thoughts on “Video Shows Tulsa Man Shot And Killed By Police Had His Hands Up

  1. Hands in the air means nothing to these cops just like the man in Florida helping the guy with autism. He was laying on the ground hands up and still cops shot him. It doesn’t really matter what we do hands up or not cops still see Black people as threats and shoot. This will continue until all of us take a stand and speak out in our communities we don’t need BLM to speak for us. If not just like all the other murders of Black people by cops will be in the headlines for a few weeks then we become complacent again, mean while cops keep on killing us and getting away with it.

    • if you want to get that mellow dramatic I’m more concerned about the modern day Genocide taking place in our major city’s of black men and women

    • I agree with the smoking part of that statement investigators claim they found PCP in car (no word on if he was on it) why would any one smoke that sh!t, but what the hell is voting going to do to prevent this? 8 years of the first black president didn’t stop it or is he just an empty suit so voting for Hilary will bring about a brighter day

  2. Jack Bee on said:

    Where is BIG mouth kate Upton who had a lot to say about last week on football players not standing for an anthem, WHAT ABOUT BLACK LIVES? where are you at now, i want to hear you.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    Apparently, it’s open season on black men in America. That fool that set that bomb off in NJ and was involved in a gun battle with police somehow made it out alive. WTF? Even a f****g terrorist’s life in more important than an unarmed black man with a disabled vehicle..

    This no doubt will continue if Trump is elected, rest assured, hide your black men and boys, the cops are gunning for them.

    That murdering cop should be fired and prosecuted to the full extend, no mofo manslaughter bulls**t azz charge. FIRST DEGREE MURDER no less!

    This s**t makes me sick!

  4. OMG! OMG! I just read what they said about “protocol on how to render aid” Please, the police know how to render aid! And what about just being a decent human being and simply checking on the man you just shot in cold blood – did you even care that YOU killed him or was that your intention?

  5. Jesus, Help us all. That video sent a chill thru my entire body. This was truly a senseless loss of a man’s life. He probably was walking back to the car to prove ownership and when they used the taser (I’m assuming because he wasn’t following orders) he fell to the ground – why then shoot the man in cold, uncaring blood??? OMG – I have a son that’s a big dude – Lord, please!

  6. WHERE ARE THE BLACK LIVE MATTER FOLKS…. Whenever someone is TRULY innocent, they don’t show up!!!! Why is the police officer saying “suspect” shot. What made him a suspect? SMH

    • Christopher Batchelor on said:

      I saw that the first time I read it and was wondering the same thing what suspect it was a motorist broke down in need of help

  7. Rosco P Coaltrain on said:

    MURDERED in COLD BLOOD………I guess Trump, RepubliKlans, and Police are all trying to get Race Wars started again…….We can no longer stand by with our hands up in the air and killed like cattle….Everyday!!!!!!!! Trump started this division trying to get votes but now it has turned into a sickness. Why is law enforcement so AFRAID of black men? Or is it true that killing a black man puts a notch in their belt (KKK) and gets them promoted?

  8. Ms Curly on said:

    Even after the shooting no one assisted him, or checked his vitals. As a matter of fact some of them backed away like he was a threat. And the video conveniently does not show a clear view of the shooting.

  9. If this isn’t COLD BLOODED MURDER than I don’t know what else it is!!!!!!

    Dam PIGS are getting ridiculous with this mess-yet they want us to feel sorry when one of them is gunned down on the mean streets.

    I agree with the rap group NWA–F the Police!!!!!!!!!

  10. ResponsibilityInControl on said:

    What else do we have to do NOT TO GET SHOOT AND KILLED? Need more facts but there should be charges. And how they let this man lay and bleed on the street is appalling get him some help WTH!!!!!!!!

    He was tasered on the ground what other risk did he pose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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