Tulsa Police have just released multiple videos that show the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, a black man who was shot by Officer Betty Shelby.
The 40-year-old Tulsa man was shot on September 16 in Oklahoma City after his SUV broke down in the middle of the road.
One of the videos that was released shows the scene of the shooting from a police helicopter. In the video a pilot of the helicopter says Crutcher, “looks like a bad dude too … might be on something,” moments before he was shot.
The dashcam video shows Crutcher walking toward his SUV with his arms held in the air, as officers follow behind him with guns and tasers drawn. Crutcher then appeared to lean toward the SUV, and then a single shot can then be heard.
Crutcher fell to the ground and Shelby yelled into the radio, “Shots fired!”
Tulsa Police spokesperson Jeanne Mackenzie told KOTV, “As they approached the vehicle a black male started towards them,” then “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.”
Police said they wanted to show the video to the family and community leaders first before releasing it to the public.
“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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