Helicopter Video Shows Okla. Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Man
Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, released helicopter footage showing the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer.
Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot Friday night by Officer Betty Shelby, a five-year veteran of the force. The officers stopped when they saw Crutcher's stalled vehicle blocking traffic.
An attorney for Officer Shelby said she suspected Crutcher had a weapon and that he refused to follow orders, reaching into his pocket and his vehicle moments before the shooting.
Police confirmed after the shooting that no weapon was found.
Crutcher, a father of four, was attending music classes at Tulsa Community College. His family disputes that he failed to cooperate and have called for the officer to be charged.
A second officer at the scene used a Taser in an attempt to subdue Crutcher before he was shot.
On the helicopter video, a pilot is heard saying that Crutcher "looks like a bad dude."
The department is conducting a criminal investigation, while Shelby was placed on paid administrative leave. The Justice Department has also opened a civil rights investigation.
Black Lives Matter and other activists have highlighted the shooting as the latest example of an unjustified use of lethal force by a police officer against a minority individual.
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) September 20, 2016
Shaun King, a prominent activist, tweeted that Crutcher's shooting will be the motivation for protests this Sunday by NFL players.
Several dozen additional NFL players have written me to tell me they plan on taking knee or raising a fist this weekend.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 20, 2016
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