Almost 1,000 people gathered Saturday night for a memorial service at Antioch Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma to honor the life of Terence Crutcher, the Tulsa World reported.
Just over a week ago, Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby gunned down the 40-year-old father of four who was standing—unarmed—outside his stalled vehicle on a Tulsa roadway.
There was plenty of good gospel music, which Crutcher loved to sing. His cousin, Shea Seals, said music was Crutcher’s passion.
“It was a wonderful release, and a way for him to show how thankful he was for life,” Seals said, according to the newspaper.
The Crutcher family lawyer Damario Solomon-Simmons underscored statistics that show the police nationwide disproportionately kill a high number of Black men.
“It could have been me, … just like Terence, I’m 40 years old, and just like Terence, I’m bald-headed, and just like Terence, some people think I look like a bad dude, but just like I am, Terence was not a bad dude,” the lawyer said at the service, reported The Tulsa World.
A police officer described Crutcher as a “bad dude,” while his helicopter circled above the encounter between Crutcher and officers on the ground.
Solomon-Simmons, during his comments at the service, demanded “full justice” for Crutcher, emphasizing that the shooting was unjustified. He wants a conviction of Shelby—who is charged with first-degree felony manslaughter—and Tulsa to appropriately care for Crutcher’s children.
Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett spoke during the service, expressing his sorrow for Crutcher’s death.
SOURCE: Tulsa World | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter