#TerenceCrutcher: Another Shocking Police Shooting Video Goes Public

#TerenceCrutcher: Another Shocking Police Shooting Video Goes Public


Here we go again.

Addcar breaking downto the seemingly ever-growing list of things that can get you killed by cops if you’re Black.

NOT watching video of . Can’t handle witnessing another state sanctioned killing of a Black person. It’s traumatizing AF

A stalled SUV. An unarmed man with his hands in the air. No gun in the vehicle. Goddammit, when will this stop?
Above are just three notes written on twitter regarding the shooting of Terence Crutcher. The hashtag #TerenceCrutcher went viral as the video of him being shot by members of the Oklahoma Police hit social media.  So the same patterns take hold once again after a police shooting video becomes public: Outrage, accusations and calls for waiting to “see the entire story.”  The advent of video in police shooting cases has short circuited the process because it allows people to see what happened themselves without a filter.

The fatal police shooting of an unarmed Tulsa, Oklahoma man with his hands up apparently happened after his car stalled.  Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby fired the fatal shot while another officer used a taser on Crutcher.

“I’m going to tell you right now, there was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect’s vehicle. 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,” said Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Watch for someone local to kick the case over the slow as molasses in January Department of Justice.  That hasn’t happened yet but it has been a convenient out in many other police shootings.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.