Unarmed African Man Shot Dead In Tulsa U.S.AThe Tulsa Police Department released video showing that a 40-year-old black man who was killed by a white officer Friday night had his hands up in the moments before he was shot.
As reported by abc news, Dashcam video released today shows a Tulsa police officer responding to a call at 7:43 p.m. on Friday. As the squad car pulls up to the scene, a man, identified by police as Terence Crutcher, is seen walking toward a tan SUV parked in the middle of a two-lane road with his hands up as a female officer points her gun behind him. Three officers then run up to the pair.
Crutcher lowers his hands and seems to reach into the vehicle, and then is seen falling to the ground. A video from a police helicopter that arrived to the scene also shows Crutcher with his hands up in the moments before the shooting. "That looks like a bad dude, too," the helicopter pilot is heard saying over the intercom.
Crutcher died at the hospital where he was taken after he was shot Friday. The Department of Justice has opened an independent investigation into the Tulsa Police Department's use of force during its encounter with Crutcher, U.S. Attorney Denny Williams was reported to have said today.
A police spokesman according to abc news said; "raises a lot of questions" about whether the shooting was justified, which is the reason why the Department of Justice was brought into the investigation so early. Officers were responding to a different incident when they noticed an SUV stalled on the road, police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie said, according to the AP.
The officers were walking to the SUV when Crutcher was reported to have approached them. According to Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan, the stalled vehicle belonged to Crutcher. "He refused to follow commands given by the officers," MacKenzie said. "They continued to talk to him, he continued not to listen and follow any commands." One shot was fired by an officer, Jordan said. A Taser was also deployed by a second officer, according to police. There was no gun on Crutcher or in the SUV, the police chief confirmed.
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