On September 16, 2016, Terence Crutcher’s SUV stalled out in the middle of a city street. A group of officers, including a helicopter, converged on the vehicle. Betty Shelby, a white officer, said she felt threatened and opened fire on Terence Crutcher, whose hands were on his head. Mr. Crutcher then passed away due to the wounds.
Crutcher was 40 years old, a father of four, and attending a music class at Tulsa Community College.
During the altercation Shelby said that Crutcher was reaching his hands into the car, officers had their tasers trained on him.
Shelby, for an unknown reason, had her gun drawn and said that Terence Crutcher’s death was his own fault.
Shelby’s attorney claimed that the camera did not catch the two minutes earlier where Crutcher would not stop walking away from her.
The jury in the case deliberated for eight hours before declaring Officer Shelby not guilty of the murder.
Chief Jordan says officers reported #TerenceCrutcher wasn't cooperating during incident. Says they didn't find gun on Crutcher or in car
— Tiffany Alaniz (@TiffanyAlaniz) September 19, 2016
Four of the twelve jurors left the court room crying as protesters gathered outside.
Marq Lewis was one of the protesters outside of the courtroom who asked a question that should not need to be asked:
“When is it going to stop?”
Shelby, in an interview on 60 Minutes, said that she felt that any police officer would do the same thing she did.
The issue is that there were officers there and none of them reacted the same way, shooting an unarmed man and then lying about the reason they did it.
The Assistant District Attorney, Kevin Gray, said that the video clips, when enhanced, showed that Shelby’s claim of self-defense is unsubstantiated. According to those clips Shelby fired five seconds before Crutcher “appeared” to reach into his SUV.
There was no gun in the SUV.
This shooting of Terence Crutcher is just another example of poor training.
More often than not, police officers will claim they feared for their lives when they opened fire, only for the public to later find out the opposite is true – that there was no reason for that officer to fear for their lives.
What made those white officers scared?
A Black man.
Watch the entire incident from the sky here: