The Police Department in Tulsa, Okla., released VIDEO video on Monday of an encounter during which, the authorities said, a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man who could be seen raising his hands above his head, the New York Times reported.
Separate state and federal investigations have been launched. 40-year-old Terence Crutcher is seen outside his SUV, parked in the middle of a road Friday night in Tulsa when cops converged on the scene. The officer who fired the shots told the dispatcher she was not getting cooperation from him. No weapons were found on Crutcher or in his vehicle.
The Crutcher family lawyer says the man was in the middle of the road because he was having problems with the SUV. During a press conference on Monday, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan called the video footage “very disturbing — it’s very difficult to watch.”
A lawyer who is purportedly representing the Tulsa police officer, identified as Officer Betty Shelby, says his client opened fire after the man reached through the window of his SUV.