A stranded motorist was shot & killed Friday evening in Tulsa. The Tulsa Police Department helicopter transcriptions of the night Terence Crutcher, 40, was fatally shot by a police office were released Monday.
TPD officer Betty Shelby was identified as the person who fatally shot Crutcher. Officer Tyler Turnbough was also identified as the one who first used a Taser gun on Crutcher.
It clearly appears that the motorist was trying to discuss his predicament with arriving officers, but instead was confronted with several orders and drawn weapons.
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The two men speaking in the helicopter audio can be heard saying;
"He's got his up there for her now!"
"He's still walking, might be time for a taser... I think it's about to happen."
"He looks like a bad dude, might be on something."
Many Tulsans are wondering if these kinds of presumptions would be asked of a stranded motorist 10 miles farther south, and dressed in Joseph A. Banks?"
The 3 officers with drawn weapons remained more than 20 feet away from the man, who never turned completely around to face them.
No aggressive behavior was ever seen or heard. No weapons found, and the man never reentered his disabled vehicle.
How a peace officer can conclude that this man "looks like a bad dude", is without reason.
Not only is the action of officer Shelby worthy of a prosecutor's review, the commentary of the aerial video is definitely worthy of a serious internal affairs review. The potential bias may not be racial, but more likely geographical as well as economic.
The South Tulsa Police department is being picketed at this hour. So far no arrested officer, no indictment, not even a grand jury. the cop how killed the stranded motorist just gets an unscheduled paid vacation.
"We need accountability, we need transparency and we need it today," Marq Lewis with We the People Oklahoma said Monday. "Right now, we need for them to arrest Betty Shelby."
The community activist group is calling for the case to not be handled by the local government, specifically the District Attorney's office. They're also calling for every officer to wear body cameras, which are currently not mandated.
This is the same group that petitioned a grand jury that led to the resignation of Tulsa's sheriff of nearly 30 years. They say they'll continue to fight Crutcher's honor, starting with those in black and blue.
We The People plans to have a public gathering Tuesday night at 6th & Denver, at the Courthouse plaza.