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#RIPTerenceCrutcher: Yet Another Unarmed Black Man has been Shot Dead by the Police in the United States

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Terence Crutcher

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

24 Comments

  1. BlackInamerica

    September 20, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    those cops should be fired. but he should have complied and not reached into his car. we have to protect ourselves by being very careful. lest we become a hashtag.

    • Tilta

      September 21, 2016 at 12:46 am

      Did I hear you say “those cops should be fired” huh?.Are you fucking kidding me?!!. They murdered unarmed man and you are here saying they should just be fired…These blood sucking police should face justice period!

    • Tosin

      September 21, 2016 at 7:42 am

      We are actually tired. There are private cases too, people murdered basically by the KKK, with no publicity around those cases. Black lives have not mattered for a long time, for too long, and these people just go about killing folks, trying to instill fear in folks…
      but we won’t die.

      Donald should have been arrested long time ago
      KKK leaders should have been questioned a long time ago
      Cops should have been charged for murder long time ago
      Guess we can start now.

      My heart goes out to the people in the US. If you’re Naija/African, we’re here for you.

    • taser

      September 21, 2016 at 2:44 am

      fired ke? jailed for life. he was tasered that is why he fell against the car. the windows were rolled up

  2. Adaeze Writes

    September 20, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    This is so sad. May his soul rest in peace. Amen

    http://www.adaezewrites.com

  3. victor akpan

    September 21, 2016 at 12:19 am

    This is terrible,wondering what the government will do about this……may your soul find eternal rest …..
    So sad?

  4. Wanderlust _Trekeffect?

    September 21, 2016 at 5:06 am

    And by a woman?, funny how they claimed he was resisting until the video came out and exposed their lying azz. Condolences to his family.

  5. ATL's finest

    September 21, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Now folks wonder why that NFL dude ( cant recall his name/team ) won’t stand up for the National Anthem. This is so outrageous & when I hear people say ‘God bless America, my home sweet home’. I just laugh at them cuz this mess right here will get everyone involve into hell when God descends on this Land. Now, imagine Trump as the President when such act is committed, like as if he will even care.

    • Wanderlust _Trekeffect?

      September 21, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Collin Kaepernick is his name I think. Incidences of cops shooting blacks increased since Obama came office check the stats. What exactly has he done for the black community? Like Hillary is any better than Trump, check out her 2010 video were she is literally singing the praises of KKK ex leader Rob Byrd, calling him a man of surpassing eloquence and nobility and her devoted friend. She also receives campaign funds from KKK. People will do and say any thing to get votes and that’s what Hillary is doing???. I hope blacks will do their research before voting and not just cast their votes based on sentiments.

    • Chinua

      September 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      I see you are one of the poorly educated that Donald Trump loves.

      1. Cops killing blacks seem on the rise because there are more videos to prove it, before cops just covered it up with no videos to catch them. Everybody now has their cell phones out to record things.

      2. Because a black man is in office, bigots have come out in full force. Obama’s presidency gave birth to the tea party. America was not ready for a black man to be president, doubt they are ready for a woman.

      3. You should try and watch other news source besides Fox News.
      Why did you not talk about Donald Trump’s racist past, refusing to rent his condos to blacks. That too is a FACT, he has been sued for it and lost, forced to rent to blacks. I can’t believe anyone in their right sense would vote for Trump. However, I am sure the poorly educated would, that is why he loves them.

    • Wanderlust _Trekeffect?

      September 21, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Lmao, tell me more about what you see???, i don’t watch fox news so you can stew in your ignorance hun. I’m not a trump supporter heck i wasnt even planning on voting for trump, however If Hilary can run for presidency after commiting crimes that others have gone to jail for, then I’ll pass, a criminal is a criminal. Silly leftist

    • Err what do you know

      September 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      @chinua the stats that show an increase in deaths is not based on what is recorded on phones, most of the cases are not even captured on camera, but the records remain the same, it is a federal record and not based on what passerbys capture. Truth is there is an increase and if you live in the US you will know this. What do you mean by Obama’s presidency brought the bigots out? Do you know how many whites voted for him? Do you think only black votes would have won him an election? Twice? In case you forget blacks are a minority. Same Obama in 2008 that said and i quote “Hilary Clinton, She’ll say anything and change nothing, Hilary cant be trusted and isnt qualified for presidency”, and bill clinton attacked Obama then claiming that Obama shoukd be serving him Tea and not running against Hilary. People forget too easily, it will all come back to bite you in the a**

    • mizwest

      September 22, 2016 at 7:51 am

      @what do you know & wounderlust , quick questions were did you get the stats from? . Who collected the data? Who sponsored /funded the research? And for what purpose?. Would you trust the source of your informations and be happy to reference it on a degree thesis? Its easy in this generation of swipe,swipe instagram,facebook popular social media to just screen grab and be part of a vicious cycle of ignorance. #stoptheignorance get serious, reflect your education or at least your portencial for intelligence, ask hard questions. Let’s stop the proud sharing of foolishness on social media. Go to USA DATA and statistics and compare stats from at least 6 years before the Obama regime and inform yourself. Thank you.

  6. queenbee

    September 21, 2016 at 5:16 am

    I wish bellanaija was as interested when 99 percent of the black men being killed daily daily by their so called ‘brothers’ are shot. Black American culture is so disingenuous its laughable. They contradict themselves in every way. Scream about love for their skin but then in the same vein praise teamlightskin and venerate lighter skin to the point their front facing presenters seem to now be racially ambiguous or just simply light enough for marketing. They scream injustice to their communities but with the same mouths casually make music about drug use and glorify drug culture and sell drugs to their own. They talk about racism but in their own homes call each other nigger and whatnot. I mean that video of that ‘poor girl’ lavish diamond reynolds whose fiancee was shot in front of her was supossedly such a desperate victim of racism. But look a little deeper into her background and u see all sorts. One video showing her abusing a little black baby telling him ‘ nigger get the f#&k up’ when he fell. This was to a 3 year old baby boy.And hardly mother material with her and her mother are being remanded for prostitution, gang association and videos of her smoking weed in front of her very unhappy little baby girl. Please do not get sucked into their disingenuous war. Yes there is institutional racism from historical legacy but that is not what is killing black American folk. Their refusal to face the reality of their own character is what is killing them. I for one think there are far more tragic situations around the world. Black lives don’t matter to me when black lives don’t even truly matter to black american folk. It only seems to matter when white people take that life. Like I said highly disingenuous. Please talk about Syria where there is real tragedy for a people with no hope who have not asked for this. But black american being shot being repirted like some armageddon style crisis please. That’s some bandwagon journalism .

  7. ese

    September 21, 2016 at 7:43 am

    And someone was saying that I should envy America..is this why?? It is only God that can save this country. Please, i’m fine in my Nigeria,thanks

    • jhennique

      September 21, 2016 at 8:46 am

      No you are not fine!

    • Nira

      September 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      And how do you know she is not fine, is America heaven??? Smh.

    • Dotun

      September 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      I don’t know why Nigerians living in Nigeria are always looking for an opportunity to demean those that live abroad. Abeg it’s not a competition and no one is checking for you ahahn. You don’t see us on blogs making comments about Nigerian police and Buhari. Chill

  8. Yup

    September 21, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Actually she/he is fine in Nigeria. I am fine in Nigeria too.

  9. Kadara

    September 21, 2016 at 11:00 am

    The incidences of police indiscriminately killing blacks have actually not increased. The difference is now people have videos and use social media to expose them . Before the police will just say the man had a gun and lie on him and everyone will move on . But it’s the videos that have drawn attention to what black Americans have been saying since but no one listened .Racial tensions have increased since Donald trump and his bigots came out and I can assure you America will have a civil war if he becomes president

    • Err what do you know

      September 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Civil war? There was a match in NYC yesterday hundreds of blacks came out in support of Trump, sit still and watch the tides turn. Blacks are finally waking to know Hilary is not and was never on their side, she just wants their votes.

  10. Err what do you know

    September 21, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    @chinua the stats that show an increase in deaths is not based on what is recorded on phones, most of the cases are not even captured on camera, but the records remain the same, it is a federal record and not based on what passerbys capture. Truth is there is an increase and if you live in the US you will know this. What do you mean by Obama’s presidency brought the bigots out? Do you know how many whites voted for him? Do you think only black votes would have won him an election? Twice? In case you forget blacks are a minority. Same Obama in 2008 that said and i quote “Hilary Clinton, She’ll say anything and change nothing, Hilary cant be trusted and isnt qualified for presidency”, and bill clinton attacked Obama then claiming that Obama shoukd be serving him Tea and not running against Hilary. People forget too easily, it will all come back to bite you in the ass.

  11. NaijaPikin

    September 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Barely 24 hrs after and another black man in murdered by police. Disabled man reading a book in his car is shot by police in NC. I don tire for this matter honestly

  12. Trfg

    October 24, 2016 at 3:50 am

    the USA is a nanny police state now is that whenever there is a problem, the kneejerk reaction in the US is to call for a new law.

    Nanny state laws are not the best solution, however. Nanny state laws lead to more laws, higher fines, and tougher sentences. Thirty years ago, DWI laws were enacted that led to DWI checkpoints and lower DWI levels. Seatbelt laws led to backseat seatbelt laws, childseat laws, and pet seatbelt laws. Car liability insurance laws led to health insurance laws and gun liability laws. Smoking laws that banned smoking in buildings led to laws against smoking in parks and then bans against smoking in entire cities. Sex offender registration laws led to sex offender restriction laws and violent offender registration laws.

    Nanny state laws don’t make us safer, either. Nanny state laws lead people to be careless since they don’t need to have personal responsibility anymore. People don’t need to be careful crossing the street now because drunk-driving has been outlawed and driving while using a cellphone is illegal. People don’t investigate companies or carry out due diligence because businesses must have business licenses now.

    The main point of nanny state laws is not safety. The main purpose of more laws is revenue generation for the state.

    Many laws are contradictory, too. Some laws say watering lawns is required, while other laws say watering lawns is illegal.

    Many nanny state laws that aim to solve a problem can be fixed by using existing laws. If assault is already illegal, why do we need a new law that outlaws hitting umpires?

    Nanny state laws are not even necessary. If everything was legal would you steal, murder, and use crack cocaine? Aren’t there other ways to solve problems besides calling the police? Couldn’t people talk to people who bother them? Couldn’t people be sued for annoying behavior? Couldn’t people just move away? Even if assault was legal, wouldn’t attackers risk being killed or injured, too? Having no laws doesn’t mean actions have no consequences.

    If there is no victim, there is no crime.

    We don’t need thousands of laws when we only need 10.

    Freedom is not just a one way street. You can only have freedom for yourself if you allow others to have it.

    Think. Question everything.

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