Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Female police officer fatally shoots pastor dead

An investigation is ongoing after the fatal shooting of a black pastor by a white female cop. Terrence Crutcher the victim was shot after his car broke down buy 8.00pm .

 He was a local pastor and video showed he was unarmed and his hands were raised in the air at the time of his death.

A video released showed the officer identified as Shelby was with other officers going to respond to another distressed call when they saw Terrence and stopped.

 However the footage, which was released Monday, shows Crutcher did have his hands up as police approached. It shows four officers surrounding Crutcher by his car when one of them - identified as Shelby - shot him.

Shelby has been placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting. 
Chief Chuck Jordan said he found the video 'very disturbing — very difficult to watch.'

He also explained some of the basic facts, including that no gun was found on Crutcher or in his vehicle. He did not elaborate because of what he called a pending criminal investigation which will will focus on whether Shelby's action were justified or excessive.

Jordan also said Monday that officers found no weapon on Crutcher or inside his vehicle.
Meanwhile, family members and community leaders who have viewed the footage said it clearly shows that Crutcher's hands were in the air when he was shot.

Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, told reporters Saturday that the family is heartbroken.
'We just want answers, we want to know what happened, there's a lot of speculation, but there is one thing, one fact that I do know is that my brother was unarmed,'' she said. 'I'm just devastated.'
She said her brother had left a class at Tulsa Community College when his SUV stalled on East 36th Street North at around 8pm.

An attorney for the Crutcher family, Damario Solomon-Simmons told reporters Saturday that Crutcher was in the area because his car stalled and officers saw him while on an unrelated call and approached.


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