The Tulsa police department released dashcam and helicopter footage showing a broken down car and an African-American man Terence Crutcher with his hands raised before he was killed by a Tulsa police officer. Betty Shelby the officer in question in the video after giving conflicting accounts of what happened is now being charged with first degree manslaughter in documents that have been posted online showing an arrest warrant in her name.
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Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan confirmed that Crutcher did not have a weapon on him. He was seeking police assistance for his vehicle being broken down. This plays strongly into the narrative of “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” that the Black Lives Matter movement has been preaching and which the Conservatives have been claiming is ridiculous.
The video shows Crutcher with his hands raised and Officer Shelby following him with her gun pointed at him despite this.
Via ThinkProgress: TPD initially told the public that Crutcher had ignored officers when they told him to raise his hands and reached back into his car, prompting Officer Shelby to shoot and Officer Tyler Turnbough to fire his Taser. Shelby shot Crutcher once, and he was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
Although Crutcher can be seen with his hands raised the audio recording says one officer saying that Crutcher “looks like a bad dude” and another saying that he wasn’t following commands. After watching videos like this, does anyone question that the Black Lives Matter movement has a legitimate point?
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