Demonstrators in Tulsa gather to call for the arrest of a white, female police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Demonstrators protest fatal Tulsa police shooting
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STORY: Demonstrators gathered in front of Tulsa’s Civic Center Plaza Tuesday night (September 20) to protest the shooting of an unarmed black man by a Tulsa police officer.
Officer Betty Shelby shot Terence Crutcher, 40, after his sport utility vehicle broke down on Friday. A lawyer for the officer told media outlets that Shelby fired her weapon after Crutcher failed to comply with commands.
Crutcher’s family called the shooting a criminal act and is seeking charges. The case is the latest in a string of shootings of unarmed black men by U.S. police that have raised questions of racial bias.
In one video shot from a police helicopter, a person is heard saying Crutcher is not following instructions from police.
A voice from the helicopter then says, “that looks like a bad dude too, could be on something.” An officer is seen with a weapon drawn before Crutcher drops to the ground, and a female officer can be heard on police radio saying: “shots fired.”
Shelby has been placed on administrative leave. One of the officers in the helicopter is Shelby’s husband, police said.
The video shows Crutcher on his back with blood oozing from his torso.
A separate police dash cam video also shows the officer with a weapon drawn and following Crutcher as he walks to his vehicle with his hands in the air. A pop is heard as he appears to place his hands on the vehicle and he falls a few seconds later.
Crutcher’s twin sister Tiffany said her brother was a church-going man who had enrolled at Tulsa Community College to better his life. On their 40th birthday about a month ago, he sent her a text message saying he wanted to make the family proud.