The family of Terence Crutcher, the unarmed black man who was fatally shot Friday by a white Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer, is demanding that the officer, Betty Shelby, be charged with his death. On Monday, Tulsa police released the video of the fatal shooting, which showed the 40-year-old Crutcher with his hands in the air and walking towards his stalled SUV.
Officers Shelby and Tyler Turnbough alleged that Crutcher refused to follow orders to show his hands and reached back into his vehicle.
“I’m going to tell you right now, there was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect’s vehicle,” said Police Chief Chuck Jordan at a press conference Monday. “I want to assure our community and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation watching this: We will achieve justice.”
The family’s attorney, Damario Solomon-Simmons, told reporters that upon viewing the dash-cam video, that Crutcher was "did not make sudden movements" and "was not being belligerent." Officers Shelby and Turnbough initially stated that Crutcher approached them causing them to pull out their weapons.
Solomon-Simmons added that Crutcher, who had no weapons on him or in the vehicle, "died on the street by himself in his own blood." The family was shown the video on Sunday.
"We wanted them to see it before it was released so they wouldn't be blindsided by it," 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. With something of this magnitude, we're trying an approach that we believe is necessary to further that transparency."
Here is the video of the shooting. (Warning: the video is graphic.)