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Terence Crutcher: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Terence Crutcher with his father. (Facebook)

A black man who was fatally shot by police in Oklahoma, after his car broke down in the road was unarmed, police say.

Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot September 16 in Tulsa, the Associated Press reports. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The officer who shot Crutcher has been identified as Betty Shelby. The

Videos of the shooting led to outrage nationwide. Three days after the video was released, the district attorney announced Shelby would face first-degree manslaughter charge. You can read more about that here.

Tulsa Police said the shooting occurred near 36th Street and Lewis Avenue about 7:30 p.m., KOTV reports.

Crutcher’s SUV had stalled in the middle of the road, and police arrived to check on the situation, according to the news station.

“As they approached the vehicle a black male started towards them,” Tulsa Police spokesperson Jeanne Mackenzie told KOTV. “They asked him to show his hands. He refused to follow commands given by the officers. They continued to talk to him. He continued not to listen, not follow any commands as they got closer to the vehicle he reached inside the vehicle and at that time there was a Taser deployment and then a short time later there was one shot fired.”

The shooting was captured on a dashboard camera. The video was released to the public Monday afternoon. It was shown to family members and community leaders on Sunday.

The officer who deployed his Taser was named as Tyler Turnbough.

Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Shelby was on the way to another call when she encountered Crutcher and his vehicle. Jordan, who said he is unable to release many details because of open investigation, said Shelby requested backup because she was “not having cooperation” from Crutcher.

Crutcher was initially identified by police as Terrence Crutcher. He is also named in some public records as Terance Crutcher.

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1. Dashcam Video Shows Crutcher With His Hands ‘in the Air’ Before He Was Shot, a Pastor Says

You can watch the dashcam video released by police above or by clicking here if the player does not load. The video is graphic. The shooting occurs about the 1:40 mark.

The video shows Crutcher walking toward his SUV with his arms held in the air, as Shelby follows behind him with her gun drawn and a second officer approaches with his Taser drawn. He has his back to her and the other officer. Crutcher appears to lean toward the SUV with Shelby at his side and the other officer behind him. A single shot can then be heard and other officers run toward the SUV.

Crutcher then collapses to the ground and Shelby yells into the radio, “Shots fired!”

The Tulsa Police Department released other videos from the shooting. The first video shows the scene of the shooting from a police helicopter. In the video, one of the helicopter pilots says, Crutcher, “looks like a bad dude … might be on something.” The video is very graphic:

You can watch the other videos released by the police department here.

A pastor who watched dash camera video says Crutcher had his hands “in the air,” before he was shot, the Tulsa World reports.

Pastor Rodney Goss, of the Morning Star Baptist Church, also said the video does not show Crutcher reaching into his vehicle. He said Crutcher was walking toward it.

“His hands were in the air from all views,” Goss told the Tulsa World. “It was not apparent at any angle from any point that he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer.”

Goss added that he did not see a weapon. In the video, one officer can be seen deploying his Taser and the other officer then fires her gun.

“It wasn’t a matter of minutes, it was a matter of moments,” Goss told the newspaper. “As quick as the officer released the Taser from his hand, Terence was falling to the ground having already been shot.”

Goss said it took several moments before anyone checked on Crutcher.

“After having been shot, a couple minutes it appears, but it seemed like a lifetime, went by before anyone actually checked with him as far as pulse — as far as whatever the case may be,” Goss said.

He also expressed concerns about audio recorded after the shooting, in which a man in a police helicopter is heard saying Crutcher looked like “one bad dude,” the newspaper reports.

Police said they wanted to show the video to the family and community first.

“We wanted them to see it before it was released so they wouldn’t be blindsided by it,” Tulsa Police Sergeant Shane Tuell said. “We wanted to be able to have that intimate time with them, with their attorney, to see if they had any questions or concerns.”

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2. Shelby Has Been an Officer in Tulsa Since 2011 & Her Husband Is Also a Cop, Who Was in the Police Helicopter at the Time of the Shooting

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Officer Betty Shelby. (Tulsa Police)

Police identified the officers involved in the shooting as Officer Betty Shelby, who fired the fatal shot, and Officer Tyler Turnbough, who deployed his Taser.

Shelby was hired by the Tulsa Police Department in 2011 after working for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office from June 2007 to November 2011, according to KOKI-TV. She resigned from her position as a deputy to join the Tulsa department.

A police spokesman told the Tulsa World that Shelby’s husband, Dave Shelby, who is also a Tulsa police officer, was in the helicopter at the time of the shooting “by happenstance.”

It was not her husband that made the comment about Crutcher being a “bad dude.” The other officer in the helicopter hasn’t been identified.

Betty Shelby has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

She gave a statement to homicide detectives on Monday, the New York Times reports.

Her attorney, Scott Wood, told the Times that Shelby thought Crutcher had a weapon. He also said Crutcher “had acted erratically, refused to comply with several orders, tried to put his hand in his pocket and reached inside his car window before he was shot.”

Wood told the Tulsa World the incident began about two minutes before the dashcam video started. Shelby was the first officer on the scene, coming upon Crutcher’s broken down SUV, and called for backup. Her dashcam did not record video, according to police. The video begins when backup arrives.

Wood told the newspaper Crutcher was not with his SUV when she arrived, “so she isn’t really sure what’s going on.”

The attorney told the Tulsa World that Crutcher ignored the officer’s commands several times and didn’t answer her questions and reached for his pockets several times despite Shelby telling him not to.

Wood said that Shelby, based on drug-recognition training, believed Crutcher was acting erratically because he was under the influence of PCP.

Tulsa Police told KOKI-TV that a vial of PCP was found in Crutcher’s SUV after the shooting. Autopsy and toxicology results have not yet been released.

Attorneys for Crutcher’s family have said the PCP is not a justification for the shooting. They also argue that Crutcher could not have been reaching into his SUV, because the window was closed.

Wood said Shelby fired her gun at the same time as the other officer deployed his Taser, because they both perceived a threat.

“He has his hands up and is facing the car and looks at Shelby, and his left hand goes through the car window, and that’s when she fired her shot,” Wood said.

Shelby has been accused of using excessive force twice during her career, KOTV reports.

Both of those complaints were determined to be unfounded, the news station reports. Details of those cases were not immediately available.

Her personnel file also shows that she is a field training officer, meaning she works to train rookie officers.

She has also received four letters of commendation and an Oklahoma meritorious service award, according to KOTV.

Tulsa Police told the Associated Press the county district attorney’s office will make the decision as to whether the shooting was justified.

“Every situation is different. Officers are involved in typically fast-moving situations, and officers who choose to use force, base (those decisions) on the situation involved that they are facing,” police spokesperson Jeanne MacKenzie told the AP.

The U.S Justice Department has also launched a parallel civil rights investigation.

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3. Community Leaders Have Said They Were Shocked & Outraged by the Video, but Called for People to be ‘Level-Headed’

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Community leaders who watched the video on Sunday expressed shock and outrage about what they saw, but called for a calm reaction when it is made public. Pleas Thompson, the head of the local NAACP, asked for residents to be “level-headed” after seeing the footage, according to the Tulsa World.

“I think the justice system will work here in Tulsa, because we’ve seen it work before,” Thompson said, making a reference to the case of Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates, who was found guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black man last year. He was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this year.

Morning Star Baptist Church Pastor Rodney Goss said he expects public outrage, and said the focus should be on changing things going forward.

“It’s difficult to tell your people that it’s OK because the police department has it under control, when the police department in the eyes of much of the community are the proprietors of such an event,” Goss told the Tulsa World.

He told the newspaper he does not want to see violence:

We have to let justice take its course. We have some who want to see the best come out of a bad situation. We have others who are simply looking for a reason to act bad. And then we have some who are so angry that they want this to be just affirmation that every negative opinion that they have of our justice system is confirmed. You can’t corral everyone when you have so many varying agendas and mindsets. The only thing you can attempt to do is be the voice of reason and put something in place that will help your people vent, and that is safe and in a practical way that will hopefully help them deal with a situation that is very painful for the African-American community. I’m pushing for not only a march or a meeting, I’m pushing for a seat at the table,where we can affect change in the policies and the culture of the police versus the community.

The video has also been viewed by Crutcher’s family and their attorneys, along with local elected officials.


4. Crutcher Had 4 Children & Was Studying Music at Tulsa Community College, His Family Says

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Terence Crutcher was the father of four children, the Washington Post reports. His family says his SUV stalled as he headed home from class at Tulsa Community College, where he had been studying music appreciation.

Crutcher was also involved in his church, including singing in the choir, according to the Tulsa World.

His pastor, Terry Shannon, told the newspaper it was a “blessing and a joy” to be Cructher’s pastor, saying he attended the church “faithfully” with his family for years.

“He sang in the choir,” Terry Shannon said. “He had a beautiful voice.”

His sister and other family members called for murder charges to be filed, and referenced the “bad dude” comment made in the helicopter video, saying Crutcher’s life mattered.

“We are truly devastated, the entire family is devastated,” said Tiffany Crutcher, Terence’s twin sister. “You all want to know who that big bad dude was? That big bad dude was my twin brother. That big bad dude was a father. That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College. … That big bad dude loved God. That big bad dude was at church singing with all his flaws every week. That big bad dude, that’s who he was.”


5. Protesters Gathered Monday at a Local Courthouse to Call for Justice, Saying Police ‘Didn’t Have to Kill Him’

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Terence Crutcher with his sister. (Facebook)

Protesters gathered at the Tulsa County Courthouse on Monday to call for justice, holding signs with phrases including #BlackLivesMatter and “Didn’t have to kill him,” KTUL-TV reports.

City officials asked that protests remain peaceful, saying they will seek justice.

“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, period,” Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said at a press conference, adding that the videos are “very disturbing” and “difficult” to watch.

A rally calling for Shelby’s arrest is scheduled for Tuesday night.

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  1. To those who choose to defend the police cover up…
    A few problems with your story…
    The windows WERE up, proven by the polices own video.

    There was no knowledge of drugs or drug use. No drugs found in initial search.
    None of this known or found till long after the incident. Admitted by the initial communications of all of the police, including the shooter.

    Hmmm… How did drugs suddenly show up???

    How did blood splatter on the surface of an opened window???

    Do videos and live communications lie???

    Hmmm???…

    • He did not obey police and he is reaching to his left pocket with his right hand (the left hand still up) when he was Taser-ed and shot. Note, several years ago he was arrested for reaching for a gun – he did have – in his sock during an arrest. I’d like to know more, but it is a LIE that his hands were up and he was obeying police when he was shot. The opposite. I bet they told him to lay on he ground and he did not.

      • So your car breaks down on the road, cops show up and guns drawn, a person isn’t fully able to comprehend this nightmare scenario and be 100% carefully rational, and their punishment for this is immediate execution? Do you really want to live in that world?

      • Actually, his arm drops when the shot was fired(watch the video with the audio feed, it’s pretty obvious). I would love to see you try to keep your hands up with a bullet in you. That being said, the guy had a good, long rap sheet including drugs, and assault. If you’re already a convicted criminal, you need to be insanely careful of your actions when someone has a gun pointed at you. How would you react if a known PCP user(you can believe the cops had already pulled up his records) started acting abnormal ?? That being said, I don’t buy for a minute that the responding officer’s dash cam “doesn’t take video” A dash cam that only takes audio ?? That makes un-sense. I think there need to be two admissions here, first off, if people want to safely interact with the police, quit breaking laws. Period. Secondly, there are some cops out there who just can’t handle their jobs. I understand that there was a shooting(relatively close to this incident) not too long ago, but that is no excuse for the officers to flip out, and kill someone. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen, because you’re an unstable idiot with a gun. An officer’s job is to be objective, not reactionary, I do not think she did her job, in that capacity, in any way in this instance.

        • You don’t need to break a law to have interactions with the police. I have been stopped because I look like someone that broke the law. I’ve had police come to my house because they were looking for someone else and wouldn’t even identify themselves as police officers at my door. I’ve been pulled over because my car was broken into and I had to drive with a broken window to get my car fix and I was treated like a car thief. You can’t over simplyfy quit breaking laws to safely interact with police. One mistake by either me or the police could have lead to tragedy in all the situations described.

          A lot of these officers are going out of there way to look for reason to find something wrong or a law you are breaking to prove something.

          I thinking if I’m on my way to another call why the heck do I even stop to deal with this situation? And if the guy car is stuck in the street how do I get to a point where I’m pulling a gun on him. Sounds like someone doesn’t know how to handle a simple everyday occurrence to me.

    • The window is not all the way up. He reaches into the top of the window when the shot goes off. This entire time he is being followed with guns out on him demanding his cooperation. You are a sheep. You are letting the media give you only enough to incite outrage and race division. You were not there. The pastor was not there. I was not there. There is an investigation, two lives are ruined because someone disobeyed direct commands. I don’t enjoy seeing lives end, but those police officers put their lives out there everyday for ingrates like yourself. Why don’t you wear a badge and make a difference instead of jumping over the fence like the rest of the sheep??

      • Police officers are not ONE FORCE. They act in a force, yes. They are expected to abide by the same rules and laws, yes. But to say that because of this, all of them must have the same moral and ethical views, that every person wearing that badge and uniforms’ actions are justified and correct, is ignorant. Every police officer is more than a badge. I respect police officers and what they do as much as the next person, but I cannot and will not comment on the strength of their character until I know them personally.

      • Tracy,
        How do you know the window wasn’t all the way up? Are you a sheep for coming up with your own conclusions based off the video you watched or is it just everyone else who are sheep? None of us were there, including yourself, so if you do not care to hear the opinion of others…then you need to also keep your opinion to yourself. Lastly, why don’t you wear a badge, since you obviously feel that you are the only one in the right that has made a comment on here. I respect all opinions and love to hear all “constructive” opinions but when I came across your comment….smh….I thought you might have been on PCP yourself when you wrote the above.

      • No 1 life is gone lets get it straight and if she was in such fear of her life why not stand behind her car until backup got there and not follow him she seems as though she was wanting him to do something

        • Corey, sweetheart, you’re overcomplicating this. Obey the orders of the police and everyone gets to see a new morning.

          Anyway, you’re getting to see Darwin’s theory of evolution at work. Not only do the weak not survive, but neither do the stupid. Don’t be weak and stupid… and opinionated.

    • I think all the people complaining about this officer need to go apply for her job, since there will be an opening, put your life out on the line day in and day out chasing the bad guys and with your only goal for the day to survive to go home to your families, you may have a different opinion of the cops actions. If you don’t want shot COMPLY with what the officers tell you to do RESPECT their authority and STOP breaking the law. I’m a 40 year old black man and I’ve never even had a gun raised toward me by an officer because I respect them.

      • “put your life out on the line day in and day out ”

        Being a cop is less dangerous than being a preschooler. More preschooler are shot than cops.

        “you may have a different opinion of the cops actions.”

        I’ve had training and I know cops are trained to lie on police reports as I had that training.

        “If you don’t want shot COMPLY with what the officers tell you to do RESPECT their authority and STOP breaking the law.”

        Stop lying and move to North Korea to live with the others that think like you. Crutcher complied with every unlawful order given.

        • You are the one that needs to move to N. Korea. One sided thinking is there best asset.
          Did anyone else see her breakdown after she realized she had fired and killed this man. I do believe it was an accident on her part. I could get behind her admitting that. But nooooooo instead of taking responsibility for a mistake she starts lying. I heard earlier from her attorney that she did not realize she had fired the shot she yelled shots fired. So she had to lie about everything that happened. That is why there is no video or audio of her yelling orders for Mr Crutcher like she says. It would further incriminate her. What cop going on a violence call does not have dashcam on for thier own protection. The story stinks of fixing

          • We are not here for name calling. The only idiot that I can conclude is your mother for not aborting you. Was you taught not to stick your nose in a comment that wasn’t directed to you. It c

            • “We are not here for name calling. The only idiot that I can conclude is your mother for not aborting you.”

              Pot. Kettle. Black. And an unaware one, too.

              “Was you taught not to stick your nose in a comment that wasn’t directed to you. It c(sic)”

              Uh, oh. I’ve bumped into the Lord of the Comments. How did a fifteen-year-old teenager get into that vacancy? Twatwaffle.

        • Abram says: “I’ve had training and I know cops are trained to lie on police reports as I had that training.” I call BS, Abram. As an ex-LE with two agencies, one state and the other federal, I too have had LE training and never was trained to lie, under oath or not. The training I received strongly emphasized truth, the US Constitution, and following all laws and rules. I was taught that no person is above the law or the US Constitution. Lying may happen, but LE personnel certainly are taught in their basic and in-service training that lying is not acceptable.

    • There was an automatic knowledge of his behavior. As I’ll post below. ALSO. The car was parked IN ONCOMING TRAFFIC. This is not a sign of anyone with a break down. I’ve worked on over 100 cars and when a car breaks down usually you’re already driving in a lane you’re legally allowed to be in.

      LASTLY. Anyone with a god damned brain pushes the car off the road. It takes about 45lbs of force to push a car just enough to nudge it. Turn the wheel, push on a flat road and you’ll have it off the road out of blocking ANY lane of traffic.

      INTENTIONALLY PARKED THERE. The car was blocking oncoming traffic on a 2 lane road, He was across the double yellow line and his car position could have led to the death of anyone who encounters it thinking there’s enough room to pass. this man was already doing something illegal, intentionally leaves a car in the middle of the road where he was illegally parking it and wanted a cop to come upon him.

      I think this was suicide by cop with the intent to be a martyr. There’s no other reason at all why you would park a car across the line into oncoming traffic unless you wanted a cop to show up.

      1996 Shooting with intent to kill — Dismissed
      2001 Petit larceny — Conviction
      2004 Driving while suspended — Conviction
      2005 Driving while suspended, resisting officer — Conviction
      2006 Driving while suspended — Conviction
      Driving with open container — Dismissed
      2006 Trafficking in illegal drugs — Conviction. (He was also charged in that incident with assault on a police officer and resisting, but that was dismissed.)
      2011 Public intoxication (while in prison for drug trafficking) — Conviction
      2012 Public intoxication — Conviction
      Obstructing an officer — Conviction
      2013 DUI — Conviction
      Resisting officer — Conviction
      Open Container — Conviction
      Failure to wear seatbelt — Conviction
      Speeding — Conviction

  2. The video brings tears to my eyes. And let me say for the record if he was on PCP, he was extremely calm. I’ve seen many people high on PCP in my career and they were never that calm

  3. A few more facts you need to know about Terrance Crutcher: As previously reported, Crutcher has a criminal record that includes more than a dozen encounters with law enforcement. In at least four cases, officers employed use of force, including a Taser in 2012, according to records.
    A 2012 probable cause affidavit in a misdemeanor case against Crutcher states that his father arrived at the scene in north Tulsa where Terence Crutcher was being arrested on public intoxication and obstruction complaints and told officers his son had “an ongoing problem” with PCP.
    An officer used a Taser on Crutcher twice during that arrest while he was face down on the ground, based on the officer’s claim that Crutcher did not comply with at least three orders to show his hands.
    The Oklahoma Department of Corrections told the World on Tuesday that Crutcher had been incarcerated on a drug-related conviction for nearly four years and was released on parole in 2011. His supervision ended in May of this year. Court records indicate that a judge issued a bench warrant for Crutcher’s arrest Sept. 1 for failure to pay fines related to his cases.
    Source: Tulsa World

    If we are going to look into background of the police officer, then we have to also look into the background of the victim. There is always more to the story than the a few minutes of video portray.

    • So someone with a substance abuse disorder (which is considered a mental illness in the DSM-5) deserves to be murdered by police? STFU

      • It’s not a justification but she likely didn’t know what else to do. The guy was simply not capable of following commands. This is far from the first time this has happened. Police departments need to better train officers how to handle situations like this, where drugs, mental illness, or other disability render a person unable to follow orders or comply with simple requests. I haven’t a clue as to how to handle such a situation and the police don’t, either. So let’s learn.

      • DSM-5 can call drug abuse whatever it wants, but the reality is that drug abuse is a choice, as are all acts. Some would hold that all aberrant behavior is a mental illness and that no one therefore is responsible for their destructive behavior. Not necessarily so. People who are otherwise rational make choices. Choices have consequences. Good choices, good consequences; bad choices, bad consequences. We are responsible for our choices, good and bad, in this life and after.

    • These are pathetic excuses to justify murder my friend. Police are able to apprehend suspects all the time without the use of capital force. If you are a cop and you must use force, use a taser, use rubber bullets. They are fully capable of disabling a man, even a large man. If you are unable to do that you’re probably unfit to be a cop. In the most extreme cases the use of real weapons can be justified, when the suspect has a weapon in sight and making threats, or acting violent. Here you’ve got mult officers with guns drawn on an unarmed man calmly standing next to his car with his hands up; Fire these clowns because they are wasting tax money on an ancient prejudice agenda while real crime will go un investigated.

    • No reason for execution. Arrest him and let the judicial system to deal with the “bad dude.” When policemen become law enforcer, judge, and executioner, that is a real issue; regardless is our emotions want to take sides in a polarize situation like this one.

  4. He didn’t die at the hospital he died right there on the ground next to his vehicle where the window was up with blood on it…….I call bullshit on the statement full of lies that has been given to the public😡

  5. If this was a big white man there would be no story or controversy. Shooting was completely justified. People: you must obey police officers and not reach toward your vehicle when you are told to get on the ground. People: stay off the PCP. Media: Stopping making this a racist thing.

    • If this was a big white man there would be no story or controversy because he wouldn’t have been shot. And I’m a white guy.

    • No it wouldn’t. It would still be the same old story of police abusing their authority, shooting first, asking questions never. Its both a racist thing and a police abuse their authority thing. Dash cams are NEVER OFF. Stop looking for excuses. No one thinks the cops are all bad. Its just that they need to be held accountable for their actions like anyone else. What exactly are they there to do? Are they at war? No, they exist to serve the public. That means help a guy out whose car broke down on the road. They are there to help us, and we don’t have to kiss their ass to get it. That’s what the tax dollars are for. You are looking at a video of a man with his hands up, a man who is not in the act of committing a crime, a man who needed help. Shot and killed. Straight murder.

    • Plenty white men have had guns shot at cops and not complied. The only difference is they are all still alive. Explain this to me white people? ???

  6. Sad that you can’t break down without getting shot. Whether or not he had prior arrests shouldn’t matter as he was not committing a crime at the time unless breaking down is a crime now. If a cop could answer if it standard procedure to have guns drawn to assist with a vehicle being staled? If so I’ve seen many cops break procedure assisting people.

    • u should google the police 911 calls that were made from citizens about this “broken down car” prior to the shooting. According to at least 2 separate citizens the SUV was blocking both directions of traffic and abandon with the driver door flung open. On top of that one of the caller claims the driver(Mr.Crutcher) told her there was a bomb in the car and was acting erratic, even she told the 911 operator that he was high.. please listen to the audio , there is always more to a story then what the media portrays and what people choose to see.

      • lol duh it was in the middle of the road. Abandoned? really it was abandoned but he was there to be shot? well damn, I don’t know but there must be a new meaning of abandoned.

      • Even if any of that were true, there is little justification for the use of the firearms. suspect not complying… shoot him. said no real police procedure, ever. The whole point of a taser is so you don’t have to shoot the person with real ammunition.

  7. “They asked him to show his hands. He refused to follow commands given by the officers. They continued to talk to him. He continued not to listen, not follow any commands as they got closer to the vehicle he reached inside the vehicle and at that time there was a Taser deployment and then a short time later there was one shot fired.”

    now??on down it says”The video shows Crutcher walking toward his SUV with his arms held in the air,

    um which is it?

    so now,we only see when the shots fired,not befores stuff that lead to that,and..why is dudes suv in the middle of the road if he broke down and not the side? unless,..he was fleeing in it?and what is with the chopper?they use those mostly in persuits,..hmm somethings is hinky here,..BUT I do think the female officer IS incompetent in her job, she should be charged,because I didn’t see any threat at the time of the shot,but why leave out the beginning details,I think he was trying to get away for some reason..they caught him,and this female went too far.

    • Nah, he wasn’t fleeing, just off his face, most likely. Didn’t know where he was and thought his car was going to blow up. Scary that a person can get into such a state.

  8. Let’s not jump to any conclusions about the suspect’s character and behavior. However, if we find that he supported the usual leftist causes (looting, redistribution, rigging of commerce, totalitarianism, etc.), then it must be true that he was a supporter of the “police brutality” which MLK, Jr, too, pretended to oppose. We should not be very surprised, however, if the deceased did vote leftist. Most blacks in the USA have done so for generations without the least shame.

  9. Find all facts before you accuse this man of anything.. Look at his life, his family and then see if you can honestly say anything bad about this man. This is not only a tragedy, but a travesty. Being a white woman and a police supporter, I was saddened by the death at this man and the slow motion movement of those left standing around him to get immediate help. This country is in a bad way and you know what? For the first time I actually see the horror of being a Black man and being confronted by the police.

    • Janice your words are powerful and I’m ever grateful you shared. You’ve created a bridge for others to see that they don’t have to feel ashamed of their skin and at the same time are capable of recognizing the great wrongs that we are witnessing in videos like this. In other words, its ok to be white and call it murder. it doesn’t mean your turning on your ‘kind.’ actually it means you are standing up for your kind (American citizens).

  10. I would just like to know what exactly justified Officer Shelby to shoot him once he had ALREADY been tasered. Perceiving and judging people differently due to how they look happens to almost everyone, I know I do it on a daily basis, even though I’m not aware of it. But can’t the people who are depended on to keep a COMMUNITY safe distinguish the difference, and ask themselves what would they do if this person looked different? I’m not saying this was a crime caused by racial views, but I do wonder what brought the unidentified officer in the helicopter to observe and COMMENT on him being a ‘bad dude’? I doubt it was his clothing.

  11. This article clearly demonstrates the lack of originality on the media’s part as it is the exact same as 5 facts you should know about Betty Shelby. However, her facts are clearly biased towards conviction while a drug using, gun toting (albeit not in this incident), uncooperative individuals facts are most definitely biased towards innocence. The news is no longer the news and journalists everywhere should be ashamed of themselves. Especially, the hacks writing this bullshit!

    • dude screw the article and just watch the video. now imagine if that were your brother with a broken car and his hands up… you know, a ‘bad dude?’ imagine if that were your family. if your brother committed a crime, you’d want him to have his day in court. oh but he cant now because the police shot him dead, for reaching into a window that wasn’t open for a gun that didn’t exist.

  12. The cop’s attorney says Crutcher’s hand “left hand goes through the car window, and that’s when she fired her shot”. If that’s true, Crutcher was able to put his hand through a closed window without opening or breaking it. Amazing. With powers like that, he could probably come back from the dead, as well.

  13. How come Tom Cleary goes into so much of the cops negative past but you don’t hear of any of this guy’s bad past. A little one side I think. Makes for a lousy reporter.

  14. Perp was clearly displaying resistance to arrest and did show off with his BLM hands up display. He walked back to his vehicle while being asked not to by police and was shot while reaching into his vehicle–Perfectly done shoot in all respects! The stopping on the centerline spoke of confusion or deliberate provoking either of which would give any police the impression they were dealing with insane, drunk or acting out. The filmed resistance to arrest so carefully ignored in all the media reports is clear and can not be disputed.

  15. The dude didn’t do anything wrong to be treated like a criminal. His car broke down in the road. If this had been an old white woman, would she have been treated the same way. This is institutionalized racism at its core.

  16. I’m black and I live in Alabama. So I know about racial tensions. So I will tell all the facts as I see them (which is not much at this time).
    1. Vehicle breaks down (why the hell is it in the middle of the road and not on the side of the road? Most people veer to the side to allow traffic to flow)
    2. Window is clearly cracked enough that he put his arm through it
    3. Cops should only use deadly force for two reasons:
    a. Fear of their own life
    b. To protect an innocent life
    4. Officer used excessive force, PERIOD. The other officer was going to use other means before the bullet was shot (which he was not threatening their lives)
    5. Rap sheet and acting suspicious of possible drugs in his system, come peeps, use commonsense here…
    a. Do what is asked of you and you will have your day in court.
    b. Don’t obey their commands and violence happens after you get shot because everyone thinks that Blacks are treated unjust in America (which is Bullshit, speaking from experience).
    6. Had this been a white man, there would be no news here. I agree with the above comments, sheep you all must be since you allow the media to spin this.
    7. Damn shame another man lost his life, but this should be a lesson, DO WHAT YOU ARE ASKED OF YOU FROM A PERSON POINTING A GUN AND YOU WILL LIVE TO HAVE YOUR STORY!

  17. This is one of the most horrendous miscarriages of justice that I have ever seen. Aside from the fact that he was shot and there was someone in the helicopter calling him “a bad dude”, I saw the video which showed him with his hands up all the way to his car, and the window up. It is heartbreaking to me to see black people treated this way. I, myself, am a white woman with two children with severe autism. I have been extremely impressed with all the black people who work with people with disabilities. My son is now living with a black family and he lived with a black family before them. My daughter lives with a white family. Both of them have been treated very well and their Alternative Family Living Homes are a blessing to my husband and I as we are getting older and are less able to take care of our children. (We do get them on weekends and holidays.) I was not raised with the right attitude toward black people, but I learned better and I told my students that I grew up and got to know that it wasn’t right and that they need to make decisions for themselves about such things too. I hope and pray they do. As for police training, I believe that a lot of police officers aren’t trained the right way, with the right attitude, and this needs to be improved upon. I know that one time my son was misbehaving and the deputy asked if he should taser him! They need to learn how to treat people with disabilities as well. Otherwise the black man who was a Habilitation Technician to a white man with autism wouldn’t have been shot not long ago. Lastly, I do want to emphasize that there are a lot of good police officers out there that don’t deserve the slack they get from the actions of other police officers. They actually DO protect the public. If we can just train or get rid of the bad apples, our lives will be a lot better.

  18. I pray for Terence’s family and to give my condolences. I met Terence in McAlester, OK. He had mistakes in the past. Just like all of us had made mistakes. Terence was a great man. His character was being conformed into who God wanted him to be. Yet his life was taken prematurely. You can’t judge and hold a person’s past life/background and believe they cannot change. This may have been the case. Terrance and I met again at Tulsa Community College. I really did not think that I was going to see him again when we left McAlester. But to my surprise, there he was, sharp as could be. He was attending college to change and make a new life. A life filled with the joy, love, and peace that God and his brothers in Christ help establish with him. Terence, you will always be remembered. We in Christ will see you again. Nothing but love for you!

    A thought to think about as to way Terence didn’t not listen. Well I have seen several of times where a person is outside of their vehicle when an officer shows up and may be told to go back to their vehicle. Could that be the case?

  19. It’s pretty obvious from many police shooting videos I’ve seen that once a cop has shot someone they are considered dead meat. Cops shoot them, cuff them, then walk around getting their stories straight while their victim bleeds out on the ground. Did you notice the way the hero cops backed away from the dead man in their combat formation? What a joke!

  20. First of all, why was he walking toward his vehicle? There was no reason what so ever that he be doing that because an officer wouldn’t be instructing that. He was resisting as he was doing that. He should have never made it as if he was in the position to harm officers. It doesn’t matter if your car stall or not, If they ask for your information, FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. I so sick of you black folks thinking that you can break the law. People hate cops and these people are defending their lives every second of their life.

    • Lest not forget this country was founded by men who did not follow directions. Had they done so, you would have a British accent. I have a right to not be shot because I don’t want to sit on the ground or kneel just because someone is afraid of me and they have a gun and badge. I can answer questions standing with my pride, dignity and sore knees intact. You should wake up Mad Black Women. One day they may knock on your door with a warrant for the wrong address and when you don’t comply fast enough or roll your kneck one too many times, shoot you. B4 you say that would not happen google the news story to see.

      • I will never be a statistic of stupidity. I have been in a situation that my address what on an arrest warrant but it wasn’t my name. There is a point in knowing the law in different circumstances but not for a second did i seem as if i was hiding the person on the arrest warrant. There’s this thing called “complying” that you are suppose to do with with law enforcement not” i don’t feel like listening nor doing this today”. That is those folks job to enforce whatever YOU don’t want to do. So get a grip please and stop making excuses for yourself and others.

  21. Well….4 kids..not in his custody…no job…a lifetime student of 40…I’ll wait for the toxicology results….and hope a judge has enough sense to demand any money awarded go immediately into a trust fund for the kids and not one dime to the adults in the situation!