On Monday, Tulsa police released a video of the shooting and killing of Terence Crutcher, a black man who had stopped his vehicle in the road.
One of the witnesses told 911 that Crutcher ran from the car, stating it was going to explode. “I think he’s smoking something,” said the caller.
In the video, Crutcher appears to walk away from the police with his hands in the air, back toward his vehicle; he then leans into his vehicle, at which point officers obscure the view and his hands are obscured by his proximity to the vehicle.
A female officer then shot and killed him. She said in the dispatch recording, “I’ve got a subject that won’t show me his hands,” although the video shows Crutcher with his hands up. “Time for a taser, I think,” said one officer as four other officer surrounded him. “That looks like a bad dude, too,” said another officer.
Crutcher, a 40 year old Father, was unarmed.
After the female officer shot Crutcher, video shows her crumbling to her knees and other officers surrounding her to console her.
The FBI and Department of Justice have already announced investigations.
The reaction on social media has been virtually unanimous. Here are some of the most retweeted takes on the shooting
The world we live in: People upset when a black man takes a knee, but unaffected when a black man takes a bullet. #TerenceCrutcher
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) September 19, 2016
If you’re outraged at the protest Kaepernick started, but not outraged about the murder of #TerenceCrutcher, you are part of the problem.
— K’lyssa Moore (@klyssa) September 19, 2016
Add “car breaking down” to the seemingly ever-growing list of things that can get you killed by cops if you’re Black.#TerenceCrutcher
— Jesse Benn (@JesseBenn) September 19, 2016
RIP #TerenceCrutcher How tf the officer in the heli gon say “he looks like a bad dude” How TF CAN YOU TELL HE LOOKS BAD? CAUSE HE’S BLACK??!
— Karrueche Tran (@karrueche) September 20, 2016