Terence Crutcher (1976-2016), father of four, was the 33rd unarmed Black American killed by police in 2016. He was killed by Officer Betty Shelby, who is White and has not been arrested.
Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously):
“Black people should sue police departments for PTSD. This can’t keep happening. #TerenceCrutcher”
On Friday September 16th 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at about 7.30pm, Crutcher was driving back from his first day at Tulsa Community College when his car broke down. According to one witness he fled, saying he thought his car was going to blow up.
Officer Betty Shelby saw the car stopped in the middle of the road, engine running, car door open. She looked inside and saw nothing suspicious. Then Crutcher appeared. She says he “never made any response”, did not respond to her commands and “had his head tilted down but eyes on and fixated on” her. She called for backup.
A police helicopter and four police cars arrived within two minutes, sirens blaring.
One of the two men up in the helicopter says:
“looks like a bad dude too – might be on something.”
As soon as backup arrived, Shelby and two other officers move in, guns drawn, even though from the video Crutcher does not appear to be any kind of threat or even “a bad dude”. His hands are up. But then he leans against his now-closed car door. Police say he was reaching inside his car. Officer Tyler Turnbough shoots his taser to stun him, Shelby fires her gun to kill him.
Crutcher falls, bleeding heavily. He leaves what appears to be a streak of blood on his car door – and car window. Meaning the window was up, that he was not reaching inside.
For nearly two minutes, he lays there bleeding before any of the officers from the five police cars come to check on him for medical attention.
Police searched his car. They say they found no gun but did find some angel dust.
Compare that to a terrorist suspect: on the same day this made news, police in Linden, New Jersey took Ahmad Khan Rahami alive after a gun battle. He is an Afghan American, the suspected terrorist who planted the bombs that went off in New York and New Jersey the other day. Still alive.
Crutcher’s twin sister Tiffany:
“We are truly devastated, the entire family is devastated. 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. … That big bad dude loved God. That big bad dude was at church singing with all his flaws every week. That big bad dude, that’s who he was.”
Benjamin Crump, lawyer for the family:
“He needed help, he needed a hand. And what he got was a bullet in the lungs.”
– Abagond, 2016.
- Also killed by police after having car trouble:
- Also killed for no apparent reason soon after backup arrived:
- The list of unarmed Black Americans killed by police in 2016
- Robert Bates – a Tulsa killer cop who is actually in prison!!!
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