Unarmed Tulsa Man Shot Dead by White Police Officer

Tulsa police officer fatally shot unarmed black man Terence Crutcher.

Tulsa police fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, on Friday, according to the New York Daily News. Tulsa Police released video of the shooting, including dash cam footage, on Monday. The incident happened on the heels of 13-year-old Tyre King being fatally shot by police in Columbus after King allegedly pulled a BB gun.


The New York Daily News reported Officer Betty Shelby, who is white, shot Crutcher. Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said in a press conference Monday that no weapon was found on Crutcher or in his car. Tulsa Police were responding to a call of a running abandoned car with open doors at 7:36 p.m. Friday. Dashcam footage shows Crutcher walking with his hands up heading towards his vehicle, a SUV, where he put his hands on the side.

What happens after four officers surround Crutcher isn’t visible on the dashcam footage. Video from a police helicopter shows the officers pointing their guns at Crutcher. Crutcher was Tasered before he was shot.

One officer is heard saying, "Time for a Taser, I think," while another later says, "That looks like a bad dude, too." The video then shows Crutcher falling to the ground after being shot. Police said Officer Tyler Turnbough, who is also white, was the one who used the Taser.

The FBI and the Department of Justice will hold separate investigations of the shooting. Shelby has been put on paid administrative leave.

Crutcher was a father of four.

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