An unarmed black man killed by an official target of Oklahoma who was responding to a stationary vehicle can be seen in video of the police refuse to meet the officers and to his SUV with his hands up before approaching the door driver’s side, where he drops to the ground after being shocked with a stun gun then shot him fatally.
In Tulsa shots police helicopter that was among several clips released Monday showing the shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher and its aftermath, a man in the helicopter comes over the scene as Crutcher walks to the vehicle can be heard saying “time of a Taser.”
Then he says: “That looks like a bad guy, probably also something.”.
Police Chief Chuck Jordan announced before the release of video and audio recordings “that Crutcher had no weapon on him or in his truck when he was shot on Friday.
It is not clear from the images of what led to Betty Shelby, the officer who fired the fatal shot, to draw his weapon, or what the officers who have given orders Crutcher.
Local and federal investigations are underway to determine whether criminal charges are warranted in the shooting or Crutcher civil rights were violated.
Crutcher twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, called for the charges on Monday.
“The big bad guy was my twin brother. That big bad guy was a father,” he said. “That big bad guy was a child. That big bad guy enrolled at Tulsa Community College, who just want to make us proud. That big bad guy loved God. That big bad guy was in church singing with all his faults, all weeks. that big bad guy, that’s what it was. ”
police video shows Crutcher walking toward his truck stopped in the middle of the road. His hands are underway and a police officer followed him.
As he approaches Crutcher driver’s side of the truck three male officers up and Crutcher seems to decrease their hands and place them in the vehicle. The agents around him, so it is harder to see their actions from the angle of the dashboard camera.
Crutcher can be seen falling to the ground. Someone in the police radio says, “I think it may have been Taser”. One of the officers near Crutcher back slowly.
Then, almost immediately, someone can hear screaming, “Shots!” Crutcher’s head then falls, leaving him completely lying on the street.
After that, someone on the police radio can be heard saying: “We have a suspect Shooting down..”
Officer Tyler Turnbough, who is also white, used a stun gun on Crutcher, police said.
The shooting comes just four months after the former volunteer Tulsa County deputy Robert Bates was sentenced to four years in prison for a conviction for second-degree murder for the death of a black man unarmed 2015.
Shelby worked as deputy Tulsa County for four years before joining the Tulsa Police Department in December 2011, according to authorities. She has been placed on paid leave.
The initial moments of encounter with the police Crutcher not shown in the images. Shelby did not activate dashcam of his patrol car, police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie, and ground-level video released Monday came from the car of a second agent arrived on the scene said.
Initial briefings police said Crutcher was not obeying orders of the officers, but MacKenzie said Monday he did not know what he was doing Crutcher led the police to shoot.
Two calls 911 describes an SUV that had been abandoned in the middle of the road. An unidentified person said the driver was acting strangely, adding, “I think you’re smoking something.”
After the shooting, Crutcher could be seen lying on the side of the road, blood pooling around his body for almost two minutes before someone checked on him.
When asked why the police did not provide immediate assistance once was down Crutcher, MacKenzie said, “We know we have protocol on how to assist people.”
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, who also asked that the charges, Crutcher said was left bleeding while officers stood by. The group’s executive director, Ryan Kiesel said Crutcher’s death shows “how little sense” Tulsa police have for minorities in the community.
Dozens of protesters gathered outside the county courthouse Monday night with banners reading “Justice 4 Muleta” and “Do not Shoot”.
With relations between police and blacks in Tulsa and restless, the community has to be the place where change occurs, Crutcher said Tiffany.
“This is bigger than us here. Let’s stop here,” he said.
US Attorney Danny C. Williams said the Department of Justice civil rights investigation into the shooting will be independent local one to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.
“The Department of Justice is committed to investigating allegations of force by law enforcement officials and allocate necessary resources to ensure that all allegations of serious violations of civil rights are investigated fully and completely,” he said.
Speaking on Monday in Tulsa, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said Crutcher committed no crime and gave officers no reason to shoot him.
“When the unarmed people of color are broken down on the side of the road, does not treat us as citizens who need help we are treated as, I guess, criminals -. Suspects who fear” Crump, who represents the family of Crutcher said such as did relatives of Trayvon Martin, a teenager unarmed black Florida who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012.
He said Tulsa police drew their own conclusions about Crutcher.
“So I guess it’s a crime now that is a big black man,” Crump said. “My God, help us.”