A videotaped police shooting of a black man in Tulsa on Friday has prompted the chief of police to ask the Justice Department to investigate and has the man’s family crying foul.
Graphic video showing the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, 40, on Friday, went viral, adding the case to the list of police-involved shootings raising questions about relations between law enforcement in the United States and black men.
Police said they were responding to a call of a vehicle abandoned in the middle of the roadway. In video from officers’ dashcams and also from a helicopter, four officers are seen responding as Crutcher holds his hands up in the air and walks away from officers, toward his stalled vehicle.
In the video taken from the helicopter, a male is heard to say, “That looks like a bad dude too. He might be on something.”
Crutcher is then seen to fall to the ground.
Police said Crutcher did not respond to their commends and that one officer Tasered him and another shot him.
Police Chief Chuck Jordan, meeting with reporters, assured that justice would be done and said he called in the Justice Department to ask for an investigation.
“I’m going to tell you right now that there was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect’s vehicle,” Jordan said. “I want to assure our community and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation who are going to be looking at this: we will achieve justice.”
The chief added, “I would like to see us be a better city than some of the other cities we’ve seen. I hope some of my performance in the past has shown you we will do the right thing.”
Crutcher’s family and lawyer also held a press conference. They said they’d viewed the video and they saw no justification for Crutcher’s shooting.
Source: USA Today | Melanie Eversley