An unarmed Oklahoma man was fatally shot by a police officer after his car stalled on the road Friday (Sept. 16) evening. Terence Crutcher 40, was shot by a Tulsa officer not long after cops pulled up behind his SUV.
In the dash cam footage, released by the Tulsa Police Department Monday (Sept. 19), a handful of police are seen running towards Crutcher just as they arrive. One of the officers fired a taser, before the Officer Betty Shelby, fatally shot Crutcher, the New York Daily News reports.
An officer is heard saying that Crutcher’s hands were raised on the recording. The footage goes on to show Crutcher lying on the ground as cops stand in a circle around him.
He later died at a hospital.
Before being gunned down, Crutcher was returning from a Tulsa Community College music class at around 7:40 p.m., when his car stalled.
According to the Associated Press, the Tulsa Police Department said that an officer spotted Crutcher while responding to another call. The officer called for backup, while two additional cops were approached by Crutcher as they walked towards his vehicle.
Crutcher “refused to follow commands by the officers” a spokesperson for the police department said before the video was made public.
“As they approached the vehicle a black male started towards them,” asserted Jeanne MacKenzie. “They continued to talk to him and he continued not to listen and follow any commands.”
She added, “Every situation is different. Officers are involved in typically fast-moving situations, and officers who choose to use force, base (those decisions) on the situation involved that they are facing.”
Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany, maintained that her brother did not have a weapon. “One fact I do know is that my brother was unarmed,” she said to the press Saturday (Sept. 17).
Two days later, at a press conference revealing the video, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan referred to Crutcher as a “suspect” while confirming that there was “no gun” on his person or in his vehicle.
“I want to assure our community and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation watching this: We will achieve justice,” Jordan said.
Shelby has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma are among those demanding that Shelby face charges.
Watch the video of the shooting below — please be warned that the footage is very graphic.