Another White Police Officer Kills Another Black Man

Dylan Fairooz , Staff Reporter

Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and now Terence Crutcher.

Terence Crutcher’s life was taken in the middle of a road in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Officer Betty Shelby on September 16.

Crutcher was black, Shelby is white.

Officer Shelby was reporting to 911 calls about an abandoned SUV in the middle of the road causing traffic problems. Shelby approached the vehicle and saw that it was running, without anyone inside.

Soon approached Mr. Crutcher. CNN says that Crutcher’s family says that Terence was waiting for help on the road after his SUV broke down.

CNN states that it seemed to police that Crutcher was high on drugs. They soon after Crutcher’s death found PCP in his vehicle, but were unsure if it had been in his system at the time of the incident.

The uncut video from the Tulsa World TV shows that Crutcher had his hands up and was walking towards his vehicle.

As this was happening a conversation inside the recording helicopter between the Tulsa Police Chief and another officer, who happened to be Shelby’s husband.

The Chief first says,“He’s still walking, following commands.”

The other officer then says, “Time for taser I think.”

The Chief responds saying, “I got a feeling that’s about to happen.”

The officer then says, “That looks like a bad dude too. Might be on something.”

There has been a little bit of controversy between the officer’s statement. “That looks like a bad dude.” Whether or not that had anything to do with the shooting is still an open question.

Once Crutcher got closer to his vehicle CNN says that Shelby fired at him because of the possible threat to her when he allegedly reached into his SUV window.

Officers at the time were unsure if the window was even open.

At the same moment Officer Shelby shot Mr. Crutcher, another officer helping Shelby deployed his taser

After the Tulsa police department released the dashcam video, Officer Shelby was soon charged with manslaughter.

Viewers all over the country are debating whether this was police brutality, or was this self protection.